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.
ESRAG and Redwood Materials have a new toolkit American Rotarians can use to launch lithium-ion battery recycling in your community. Redwood can recapture about 95% of the critical materials and use them to make new components for rechargeable batteries to meet sharply-rising demand. Read more so you can teach your neighbors to mine their junk drawers.
PDG Jeff Smith of D 7170 reports how Rotarians are mobilizing their knowledge and networks for Central New York State’s transformation from Rust Belt to green economy.
It’s time to share your circular economy or pollution projects via ESRAG’s newsletter, blog, and social media. Nov. 21 is the deadline for the December issue on circular economy, and Dec. 21 is the deadline for the January issue on pollution solutions. Email stories or story leads to email@example.com
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.
Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling
Dispose of lithium-ion batteries through a fully closed-loop recycling solution.
Leveraging the power of Rotary to develop a global network to rethink and influence how we create, use, and dispose of plastic.
Projects surrounding circular economy.
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: Gertrude Ngenda
Topic: Circular Economy opportunities and challenges for Environmental Sustainability
December 6th 2023 at 2:00 pm