Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Re-choose, Repair,
Reuse, Recycle towards zero waste
WHAT IS IT?
Circular Economy at ESRAG
How does circular economy benefit humanity?
Circular strategies reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution associated with resource extraction, manufacturing, and waste disposal. The Circularity Gap 2022 report estimates that as much as 70% of greenhouse gas emissions are generated by materials handling and use, and that humans waste over 90% of the materials we extract. “The twin agendas of circular economy and climate mitigation gets us on a path to a well below 2-degree world by 2032,” according to the report’s executive summary.
Living Within Our Planetary Means
Our planet’s capacity to sustain human life is in dire danger, but every Rotarian can help save us. Read how Rotarians draw on their knowledge, compassion, and networks to help humankind return to living within our planetary means.
Mining US homes and businesses for lithium
American Rotary Clubs are launching lithium-ion battery recycling with Redwood Materials to recover scarce strategic materials that would otherwise be wasted in landfills. This will strengthen the supply chain for metals essential to expanding electric transportation.
Reuse-and-refill succeeding in businesses, Clubs
Businesses and Rotary Clubs are proving that refill and reuse strategies save money and build goodwill as well as preventing plastic pollution.
Take Action with Circular Economy
Use your professional expertise and influence to promote the development of durable products that are produced sustainably and are practical and affordable to repair. Incentivize resource recovery. Encourage sharing of services and tools – like cars or a Library of Things. You will help businesses, consumers, and local governments save money on materials, energy, and waste disposal. Click on the project overviews below to discover some of the many ways Rotarians are building circular economy around the world.
Lunch out of Landfills
Successfully diverting 40 to 60% of landfill designated waste by providing containers for liquids, organics, recycling and trash.
Leveraging the power of Rotary to develop a global network to rethink and influence how we create, use, and dispose of plastic.
Reversing Global Warming by preventing powerful Green House Gases from escaping into the atmosphere. What is it?…
CIRCULAR ECONOMY IMPACT
A circular economy is an economic
system aimed at eliminating waste and
the continual use of resources.
Throughout our region Rotary is making a difference in a variety of ways that are tailored to suit the local situation. We have included some and look forward to promoting more project types when we receive the information.
A major area of focus is recycling and re-purposing reusable equipment and supplies.
These strategies replace the “take-make-waste” linear economy by circulating products and materials at their highest value and keeping as much as possible out of our waste stream. Circular economy can be enhanced at every stage of a product’s useful life:
• building sustainability and durability into product design
• sustainable manufacture
• improving systems for maintenance and repair
• sharing services and equipment
• reusing products, and
• minimizing waste
Speaker: Salvador Rico
Topic: A discussion about the Adopt a River and UNEP Rotary Program
March 29th 2023 at 2:00 pm (GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
Speaker: Fiona Thompson
Topic: trends in sustainable packaging, plus new regulations for UK and Europe
March 29th 2023 at 7:30 pm (GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
Speaker: Pat Armstrong/Deniz Vural
Topic: See how our RICON 2023 is practicing sustainability!
April 5th 2023 at 2:00 pm (GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
Projects surrounding circular economy.