Reuse ensures that products – such as clothing, electrical goods or furniture – are circulated in our economy for longer. It can involve anything from exchanging consumer goods (e.g. online or in second hand stores) to repairing, remanufacturing and upcycling. For example, if you buy a second hand bicycle or repair your laptop instead of throwing it away, you are reusing.
Reuse is the preferred environmental option for managing our resources because it prevents a product from becoming waste and reduces demand for new products, which can come with significant environmental impacts.
Nearly all of the reuse activity in Ireland is considered to be on the waste prevention tier of the waste hierarchy. The second reuse activity, preparation for reuse, only takes place if something is discarded and therefore the products in question are considered to be waste.
CRN members are involved in reuse by facilitating the exchange of goods for reuse (online or in retail stores) and by refurbishing or upcycling IT equipment, furniture, textiles, bicycles and much more.