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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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.

Plastics Solutions

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

Refrigerant Solutions

Reversing Global Warming by preventing powerful Green House Gases from escaping into the atmosphere. What is it?…



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 Project Seminar
Speaker: Ralph Rosemans and Steve Andrews
Topic: "Update on conservation in the Cape Floral Kingdom" and "A Naturalist's life and his new book entitled, "The Magic of Butterflies and Moths""
February 8th 2023 at 2:00 pm (GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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ESRAG Project Seminar
Speaker: Gertrude Noden
Topic: The Problem with Plastics: From Plastics to Playground
February 15th 2023 at 2:00 pm (GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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ESRAG Project Seminar
Speaker: Rajendrakumar Saraf
Topic: UPCYCLING workshop to preserve and conserve resources with the aim and objective to develop capacity and leadership qualities in Indian students for sustainable living.
February 22nd 2023 at 2:00 pm (GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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