About BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy

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Lead partner: Essex County Council 

Project duration: April 2020-March 2023

Budget: €5,619,864 (€3,877,706.16 (69%) is provided by the European Regional Development Fund)

The BLUEPRINT Project will help local authorities in England and France to implement a circular economy. The project has three work streams: 

  • Work Package 1 - Ensuring local authorities have the framework to work towards a circular economy 

  • Work Package 2 - Mobilising social enterprises to provide circular economy training

  • Work Package 3 - Helping schools and households to change their behaviour to support circular economy growth 


The project will deliver the following outputs by March 2023:


The project’s outputs will have the following results:

  • 30 local authorities implementing the BLUEPRINT Model

  • 1,300 individuals trained to secure jobs within the circular economy (15% will secure jobs within two years of completing the programme)

  • 20 organisations upskilled to deliver training

  • 78,000 individuals shifting their behaviour to support circular economy growth

What's the challenge?

The transition to a circular economy in Europe could be worth €1.8 trillion a year by 2030. BLUEPRINT will help local authorities to take advantage of this exciting opportunity. 

Currently, low recycling and high unemployment rates are treated as two separate issues. The BLUEPRINT Model will transform this approach!

The model will help local authorities to create waste management strategies that also address social value and innovation. By doing so, local authorities can also prioritise welfare gains and reduce the risk of economic exclusion. This will produce outcomes that are better for both the planet and the population.

BLUEPRINT will help local authorities to understand the potential jobs created by a circular economy. These include reverse logistics and secondary markets. The project will also enable residents to play a part in the circular economy. By involving families, schools and households, BLUEPRINT will help local authorities to meet the EU recycling targets of 65% by 2035.

A cross-border approach

BLUEPRINT will adopt a truly cross-border approach. We will create a model to be used across the FCE region and beyond! It will be tested and validated across a range of local authorities. These will include large county councils and smaller communautés. 

Partners will engage with at least 30 local authorities to develop the model. They will also learn from other countries and regions to create a holistic BLUEPRINT. 

The project will also engage training bodies and households from both countries. Cross-border collaboration will ensure the training scheme and behaviour change campaigns are replicable and transferable.

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