Circular Economy

Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Re-choose, Repair,
Reuse, Recycle towards zero waste

ESRAG Food Waste


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.


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Teach Your Neighbors to Mine Their Junk Drawers!

Teach Your Neighbors to Mine Their Junk Drawers!

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.

From Rust Belt to Green Economy

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.

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.

Plastics Solutions

Leveraging the power of Rotary to develop a global network to rethink and influence how we create, use, and dispose of plastic.



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


Featured Events

ESRAG Seminar: WASH Rotary Action Group
Speaker: K. Neil Van Dine
Topic: WASH Rotary Action Group links water and sanitation to improved hygiene, better health, and empowerment of the community.
(GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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Clean Energy Transition
Speaker: Dr. Fatih Birol and Pat Merryweather-Arges
Topic: Clean Energy Transition: The Climate Landscape and Momentum of Clean Energy
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ESRAG Seminar: Increasing Coastal Ecosystem Biodiversity
Speaker: Tom Goreau
Topic: Increasing coastal ecosystem biodiversity, carbon storage, and ecosystem services with low voltage electrical fields.
(GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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Oceania Workshop
Speaker: Dr Pat Armstrong and Clare Caulfield
Topic: Integrating the environment and climate into club planning
(GMT+10:00) Australia Eastern Time(Sydney,Melbourne,Guam)
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ESRAG Seminar: How AI is helping prevent fires
Speaker: Dave Rice
Topic: How AI is helping prevent fires and promote sustainability
(GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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ESRAG Seminar: Trash ‘N’ Fashion Show Costa Rica
Speaker: Joshua Fabricio Céspedes Campos
Topic: Sustainable fashion with recycled garments, which raises awareness about the importance of preserving the environment
(GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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Plastic Cafe
(GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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Oceania Monthly Meeting
Speaker: Dr Libby Skeels
Topic: Psychology for a safe climate - dealing with climate anxiety
(GMT+10:00) Australia Eastern Time(Sydney,Melbourne,Guam)
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