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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Circular Economy Will Flourish in France

Circular Economy Will Flourish in France

ESRAG’s Chair was pleased to read a Guardian story on new public policies that mean circular economy will flourish in France! Do you have a first-hand perspective to share?

Rescue PCs and their vital materials

A Seattle Rotarian shares how reconditioning PCs can empower people and non-profits, plus protect the environment. Here’s what your club can do to recover, recondition, donate, mine, and recycle tech to prevent toxic e-waste from piling up in your landfill.

Cape Cod Proving Ground

Cape Cod Proving Ground

Rotarian Brian Braginton-Smith has won a $1.37 state grant to make Cape Cod a proving ground for sustainability: a multi-site learning lab where students, workers and the community can learn hands-on how to build and manage a resilient, net-zero community. The US government and innovative international business are excited to partner with him on the climate solutions and economic opportunities this opens up.

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: Disasters and Rotary Actions Groups
Speaker: Michael Terrelonge
Topic: What the Disaster Network Assistance Rotary Action Group does and how their work is adversely affected by environmental or climate issues.
(GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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ESRAG Seminar: Composting - Key to Climate Protection and More
Speaker: Brenda Platt
Topic: Composting
(GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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ESRAG Seminar: Compostology - Food Waste & Youth Empowerment
Speaker: Advika Agarwal
Topic: Compostology
(GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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ESRAG Seminar: Values-based Banking & Investing
Speaker: Rob Sisson
Topic: Using money as a force for good: Values-based Banking & Investing
(GMT +00.00) Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
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