BULKY GOODS REUSE

Delivering a Service Model for Bulky Item Reuse

This research project was funded by the EPA under the Green Enterprise programme and ran from July 2018 to December 2019.

Join the Dissemination Event: 24th September @ 11am - 12 noon

Reuse of bulky items has the potential to reduce carbon emissions, create jobs and reduce procurement or disposal costs. But how do public sector bodies or businesses go about passing on large clearances of bulky items for reuse? Join this Green Enterprise webinar series, to find out the challenges – and opportunities – to avoid the skip and find an outlet for your bulky items. CRNI will present the findings of their EPA led Green Enterprise project on Designing a service model to improve bulky item reuse.

Bulky Waste - the problem

There are significant potential environmental and economic savings associated with increased reuse of bulky items. Over 1.2 million potentially reusable bulky items are going to landfill or incineration on the island of Ireland every year. Office furniture in particular is often replaced due to aesthetic and corporate reasons, on an entire office basis, rather than any loss of functionality.

Through reuse, the greenhouse gas emissions associated with both from upstream material management (55% and 65% of typical national emissions) and end of life management (3-4% of total emissions from the average OECD country) are avoided. In economic terms, the Irish government procures millions of euro worth of bulky items every year, giving an opportunity for the public sector to lead by example on this transition.  

Project Overview

While interest in reuse is increasing in some areas, State involvement in reuse or recycling of bulky items remains at a low level. Through this project, CRNI aimed to design value propositions and a viable business model to encourage State agencies (and eventually other private organisations) to donate unwanted bulky items for reuse or community recycling, where reuse is not possible.  

The project outcomes include:

  • report identifying of most viable models facilitating a way to engage public sector stakeholders
  • How to guide for bulky item reuse in the public sector

Findings

The key findings are:

  • Rather than developing one national platform for Public Service Bodies, this research proposes four different models that they could adopt depending on their circumstances including internal exchange, external exchange, clusters or project based exchanges.
  • A strong policy driver is required to provide Public Service Bodies with the incentive to adopt these models and/or other reuse/exchange activities. 

Contact Us:

If you are interested in finding out more about this project, or wish to become involved, please get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

Contact Claire Downey via email: [email protected] or phone 087 173 5184

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Our funders

EPA National Waste Prevention Programme

CRNI supports its members and works to mainstream reuse thanks to core funding provided by the EPA under the National Waste Prevention Programme.

For more information about the programme see here.

Project Funding

Pilot Northern Ireland Reuse and Repair Network

CRNI received funding from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and rural Affairs in 2020 to carry out a pilot establishing a reuse and repair network in Northern Ireland.

For more information about the project see here.

Qualification and Quantification of Reuse

CRNI is part of a research consortium working on the Q2Reuse project, which aims to develop a methodology for the qualification and quantification of reuse. This project will be concluded in 2021.

For more information about the project see here.