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West Midlands’ Circular Economy Routemap

Appendix 1

The 2022 implementation plan identifies quick wins and immediate next steps for WMCA and its partners to deliver over the next financial year. It purposefully builds on existing initiatives and projects.

The list below shows how selected actions, set across the five key enablers, complement one another and will help the transition to a circular economy. It also provides key steps for the delivery of strategic opportunities identified in Chapter 4.

This implementation plan is a suggestion and its delivery is contingent on how much resource is allocated to the delivery of this routemap as well as the appetite and support of partners in supporting WMCA.

A detailed matrix of the actions proposed is provided in Appendices 2 to 6.

  • Appoint WMCA Circular Economy Lead (2.1.1).
  • Allocate resources and owners to routemap actions (2.1.2).
  • Prioritise strategic opportunities.
  • Publish metrics to measure performance (2.1.3).
  • Publish requirements for circularity for Single Commissioning Framework (1.4.3).
  • Finalise structure of Circular Economy Delivery Board (2.2.1).
  • Hold local authority workshops on circular planning policies (1.1.1).
  • Hold local authority workshops on new waste regulations (1.2.1, 1.2.3, 1.3.1).
  • Publish circular design guidance with requirements checklist (1.1.2).
  • Co-design with local authority members a shared behavioural change programme (3.1.1).
  • Develop feasibility and funding plans for three prioritised strategic opportunities.
  • Hold short programme of procurement roundtables (1.4.2).
  • Organise quarterly West Midlands Circular Economy Forum and working groups (2.2.2, 2.2.3).
  • Create new mechanisms for sharing publicly- owned assets (2.3.4).
  • Apply circular public procurement best practice guidance (1.4.1)
  • Select circular economy requirements for WMCA-led grants (3.3.3, 3.3.4).
  • Commission detailed waste and material flow analysis (4.2.4).
  • Secure funding and partnerships for three prioritised strategic opportunities.
  • Finalise analysis of existing business support programmes (3.3.1).
  • Finalise analysis of existing funds, grants and financing mechanisms (3.3.3, 3.3.5)
  • Finalise analysis of existing innovation programmes (4.1.1).
  • Finalise analysis of existing sharing platforms (4.2.1, 4.2.2)
  • Publish findings on skills gaps relating to circular economy (3.2.1).
  • Publish best practice for circular business models (2.3.1, 2.3.2).
  • Hold workshops to co-create new business support programmes (3.3.2, 3.3.5).
  • Publish critical infrastructure maps (5.1.1, 5.1.2, 5.1.3).
  • Publish recommendations to improve logistics (4.3.1).
  • Publish online map of shared spaces (5.2.1).
  • Develop with partners
  • Circular Community Hubs model (5.2.3).
  • Select location for first
  • regional Resource Recovery Hub (5.1.4, 5.1.5)
  • Set Up Circular Economy Working Groups (2.2.4).
  • Launch online repository of existing sharing platforms (4.2.3).
  • Launch Circular Economy Innovation Toolkit (4.1.2).
  • Start work on three prioritised strategic opportunities.
  • Adopt new accounting tools (1.3.2, 1.3.3).
  • Launch online inventory and booking system for unused, vacant, idle spaces (5.2.2).
  • Select location and structure of regional Circular Economy Programme (3.2.2, 3.2.3).
  • Publish region-wide guidance for new waste regulations (1.2.2).