Circular procurement

Circular procurement is an approach to purchasing works, goods and services that accelerate the transition to a more circular economy. The goal is to reduce reliance on virgin materials, keep materials in use for longer, and support businesses which promote circular business models. 

Circular procurement can include rethinking the need for purchase, the use of shared ownership models, choosing services instead of products, reuse of existing assets, and purchasing recycled content products. Buying recycled, refurbished, and reused products is an important part of the circular economy, as it keeps resources in use for longer, reducing both the need for virgin materials and the waste disposed of to landfill.

In 2020-21, South Australia had a resource recovery rate of 83.3%, with 89% of these resources recycled in South Australia. Repurchasing this material back into the economy will support the local recycling industry, providing economic benefit to the state and jobs for South Australians. 

The guidelines, tools, case studies and training in this knowledge hub will help you incorporate circular economy principles into procurement and achieve your sustainability goals.

Tools, policies and guidelines

Read the policies and guidelines developed by state and federal governments to help organisations achieve sustainable procurement outcomes, and work your way through a series of tools.

Circular procurement in action

Learn about the different ways South Australian organisations have put the principles of circular procurement into action.

Alternative products

A register of some of the products made from recycled materials in South Australia, to help kickstart your circular procurement journey.

Opportunities for suppliers


Education and events

Watch the PSSA Circular Economy in Procurement Masterclass, and find out about upcoming events and other training opportunities.