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Circular Evanston Roadmap

The Circular Evanston working group is engaging residents and businesses to craft a vision and roadmap for how to truly move "beyond waste."

More about what we're doing

Most recent version posted on:
August 14, 2023

The Circular Evanston Working Group includes City staff, long-time business and non-profit leaders in reuse, recycling, composting, repair, and sharing, and other citizens who are passionate about an Evanston that can move beyond waste to create circular systems and equitable outcomes.

To develop a Circular Evanston Roadmap, we are reaching out—through community events, conversations with businesses and institutions, and by engaging regional collaborators.

If you would like to join the Working Group, please email Tom Mulhern. See below for an overview of our progress toward the Roadmap.


Circular Evanston Roadmap Overview

This document provides an overview of the context and objectives for a Circular Evanston Roadmap.

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Boomerang Bags to Suppport Reuse

Seeking people to lead an initiative that will help Evanston's Plastic Bag Ordinance succeed! Could it be you? Read more below and contact us if you have time and energy to lead this.

Read more about this opportunity

Circularity and Decarbonization

This is a great interview regarding the connection between increased "circularity" and reducing greenhouse gases.

Read Article Here

Reusable Bags at Farmer's Markets

Seeking people to collect and distribute reusable bags at Evanston's Farmer's Markets! Could it be you? This is a program Wilmette has already implemented. We could too. Read more below and contact us if you have time and energy to lead this.

Read about the Wilmette program

Grillio's Guide to Food Waste and Composting

Referred to us by an environmental club for girls as a way of saying thanks to us for putting together our website. It has good, relevant information.

Grillio's Guide

You're Needed! Here Are Some Involvement Opportunities

22 million pounds of plastic enter the Great Lakes each year, and just over half of that ends up in Lake Michigan. Help end that by supporting a bill in the Illinois Legislature to ban styrofoam foodware.

Volunteer to Support Reuse

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Many local organizations and programs that reduce waste welcome volunteers, including Evanston Repair Café, The Rebuilding Exchange, Evanston School Children's Clothing Association, The WasteShed, and The Recyclery.

Although Climate Action Evanston is a volunteer organization, we have expenses. Increasing our revenues allows us to budget to do more. If you wish you can target donations to a specific program or programs.

We are looking for people to lead an initiative to bring (and return) reusable bags at Farmer's Markets in Evanston this season. Volunteer to staff a table and drum up support, so we can reduce plastic waste and encourage.