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CRNI Newsletter Q3 2020

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Upcoming Events

For full calendar, visit here
Second Hand September
7-11 September: Zero Waste Week. See here for local events.
EPA conference
16-17 September: EPA National Waste Event 2020 Online Conference. Register here.
24 September: Event on CRNI's EPA-led Green Enterprise project Designing a service model to improve bulky item reuse. Register with [email protected].
22-24 September: Sustainability of food sharing. Register here.
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October: National Reuse Month. Keep an eye out here for details.

NWPP report 2019

The EPA has published the National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP) report for 2019 highlighting activities and initiatives which support the transition to a circular economy in Ireland.
CRNI and member highlights include the launch of the Rediscovery Centre's circular economy mentoring academy, FreeTrade Ireland reusing 8,300 items, and CRNI supporting its members to reuse 24,000 tonnes of materials.
The report also highlighted the reach of the with 800 businesses and 8,000 monthly users, spend of €400,000 on Green Enterprise projects to support innovation and demonstration, the establishment of a new circular manfuacturing platform CIRCULÉIRE, support for 58 local waste prevention initiatives and messaging to over 2 million people on food waste prevention. A new focus in 2019 was also working with the construction and demolition sector to tackle high-volumes of wastes in this critical sector.

Flying the flag - repair heroes

On the 17th of October, repair heroes from CRNI members Duhallow Revamp and An Mheitheal Rothar will be given the stage as part of International Repair Day. Coordinated by the Right to Repair movement and the European RREUSE network, the campaign will see them participate in a series of short videos about heroes from across Europe to highlight their contribution to the repair movement. Read more here.

Member News

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Welcome to 5 new members

CRNI is delighted to welcome five new members to the network; An Mheitheal Rothar, Native Events, Refill Ireland, Rethink Consumption and Roscommon Women's Network. For more about CRNI members see here or for directories of reuse, repair and recycling goods and services see here (individuals) or here (procurement / businesses).

Circular Pioneers

The Rediscovery Centre and CRNI were recently selected as a Circular Economy pioneers in the CIWM Circular Online magazine. The featureCircular pioneers | innovative start-ups driving the circular economy‘ covered innovative organisations, which are seen to be to the fore in driving the circular economy.

UseLess Rebrand

Sustainable Fashion Dublin have rebranded to theuselessproject, and aims to provide a bridge towards more sustainable living including fashion and food prevention, reuse and repair.

Confidential Shredding NI

USEL has recently launched UShredNI for Confidential Shredding. USEL is the only social enterprise in Northern Ireland providing this service. For more about their activities see here

Shortlisting for EU CE award

Thriftify was recently shortlisted as one of five EU applicants for the finals of the European Raw Materials and Circular Societies Prize. In the next stage they will pitch their idea to an expert panel jury which will conclude with an award ceremony in October 2020.

Recycle your Cycle up for award

An Mheitheal Rothar's "ReCycle Your Cycle" initiative has been shortlisted by Materials Recycling World for two recycling awards: Circular Economy Initiative and Team of the Year. See here for details.


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RREUSE Activity Report 2019

Find out how RREUSE is helping accelerate the transition to a circular and social economy in their new Activity Report 2019 also featuring CRNI's Green and Social Office procurement project in Tullamore.
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EEB reports on best practice

The European Environment Bureau has published a series of papers describing and providing examples of best practice in prevention and reuse laws, economic instruments and separate collection methods.


    Ask the Expert - Reuse & Repair

    Series of online videos where experts from the Rediscovery Centre answer your questions on bicycles, furniture, paint, fashion, and more. Join the next one, or watch them back here.


      CIWM Webinar Series

      CIWM has been running a series of webinars including one on Reuse and repair here and another on Will behaviour change be key to the success or failure of the circular economy here.

      Best Practice


      Framework for Circular Procurement

      The Interreg Circular PP project has developed tools to support Circular Procurement including policy best practice, business models and pilot projects such as the city of Malmo's furniture framework applying circular economy principles. Watch the summary here.


        Circular Procurement Pilot projects

        The Interreg project ProCirc will expand on the work of Circular PP by supporting 30 pilot circular procurement projects as well as establishing transnational communities of practice. There are already 18 pilot case studies on the site here.
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