Reuse, Repair & Recycling Alert 4th October



 CRNI news + member asks

Virtual green + social procurement trade fair initiative

  • Last week, we launch the Virtual Green + Social Procurement Trade Fair at The Rediscovery Centre, woohoo! See the full set of photos from the day here. Thanks to everyone who came and made it a huge success.
  • Please see attached to this email a social media animation for sharing more on your own social media channels. We’ll be promoting the fair throughout reuse month, so you can simply share our posts if that’s handiest!
  • NB. There have been some delays with carrying out final stall edits due to illness on the software developers side, edits yet to be carried out are highlighted in red here, and we have been informed they’ll be implemented this week.
  • From here on out, stall edits will be carried out on a monthly basis.

2021 CRNI Member Impact Report

  • Please see attached a draft 2021 CRNI Member Impact Report.
  • We will of course, use the facts and figures included to advocate on your behalf!
  • This document is open for review until COB Fri Oct 14th. Send your suggestions in my responding to this email.

‘Cut VAT for the Circular Economy’ Campaign

  • The results from Budget 2023 were interesting… we saw ZERO VAT being applied to newspapers. Newspapers! 
  • Our next steps as an organisation is to get our facts and figures (drawn from the 2021 Impact Report) in front of the powers that be and make a case for reduced VAT for reuse, repair and recycling.
  • This week I am contacting Ministers Eamonn Ryan and Ossian Smyth to hopefully set up a meeting around the matter.
  • See attached our short campaign booklet, feel free to share widely! And let us know if you’d like to be directly involved in this csampaign.


 Member news

 Sectoral news

Sectoral news below is sourced from the Rediscovery Centre Circular Economy Newsletter

  • The EPA published its latest figures on packaging waste in Ireland this month, calling for urgent measures to tackle the plastic problem. Read more here.
  • The Irish Government published 2023’s Budget this month, which saw €2.6 million placed towards the implementation of the Circular Economy Act and the Government’s Waste Action Plan, including the introduction of a new Deposit Refund Scheme.
  • Minister of State at the Department of Rural & Community Development, Joe O’Brien T.D., announced funding of almost €1 million for the Community Services Programme 2022 Support Fund.
  • Minister of State with responsibility for the Circular Economy and Communications, Ossian Smyth TD, announced the publication of the National Litter Pollution Monitoring System results for 2021, which show that we must keep the pressure on for a cleaner and litter-free Ireland. Read more.
  • Dublin is heading for a just, inclusive and community driven circular transition. Dublin City Councillors agreed to Cllr Carolyn Moore’s motion to embed the principles of Doughnut Economics into Dublin’s next Local Economic & Community Plan.


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Green + Social Virtual Trade Fair

CRNI’s Green + Social Virtual Trade Fair is funded by Ireland’s Regional Waste Management Plan Offices. This innovative virtual platform is open 24/7 and gives visitors the opportunity to explore green and social procurement opportunities provided by reuse, repair and recycling social enterprises and community-based organisations across Ireland.

Access the Green + Social Virtual Trade Fair here.

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