About Donate Don't Waste Arklow

Arklow has been selected as a pilot area for the Donate Don’t Waste separate textiles collection pilot, part of Community Resource Network Ireland’s (CRNI) innovation & demonstration project, Developing a Circular Textiles System for Ireland, which will inform national policy. This project is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Enterprise: Innovation for a Circular Economy grant-aid funding programme.

The Donate Don’t Waste pilot in Arklow aims to understand attitudes and behaviours around unwanted clothing and home textiles, share information on where and what to donate, and make donations easier through increased donation points.

About Donate Don't Waste Arklow

Arklow has been selected as a pilot area for the Donate Don’t Waste separate textiles collection pilot, part of Community Resource Network Ireland’s (CRNI) innovation & demonstration project, Developing a Circular Textiles System for Ireland, which will inform national policy. This project is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Enterprise: Innovation for a Circular Economy grant-aid funding programme.

The Donate Don’t Waste pilot in Arklow aims to understand attitudes and behaviours around unwanted clothing and home textiles, share information on where and what to donate, and make donations easier through increased donation points.

Why donate?

All clothing and home textiles have value and keeping them in circulation for longer within Ireland has potential to save environmental resources and create local jobs and training opportunities. In Ireland, about 68,000 tonnes of textiles are discarded every year by householders and commercial users. If just 15% of discarded textiles were reused, there could be environmental savings of over 100,000 tonnes of carbon. 

Charity shops are the main drivers of textile reuse, with about 14,500 tonnes reused by the Irish Charity Shops Association, whose members include charity shops in Arklow. Through reselling textiles, these shops raise funds for people in need and create local jobs and training opportunities.

Announcements

Community collections of clean and dry unwanted clothing and home textiles will take place in May and June. Simply use your own bags, fill them with CLEAN and DRY clothing and home textiles, bring them to one of the collections specified below.

Wednesday, 25 May 3:30-5:30pm at St. Mary’s College carpark, St. Mary’s Road, Arklow, Co. Wicklow, Y14 FA38

Wednesday, 1 June 10am-3pm at Arklow Recycling Centre, Arklow Croghan Industrial Estate, Emoclew Road, Arklow, Co. Wicklow, Y14 K381

Both collections will benefit SVP – Vincent’s Charity Shops East Region.

Donations at collections will benefit Vincent's, the project's charity partner

Get involved

Opportunities abound for Arklow community members, groups, businesses and schools to get involved and positively contribute to environmental, social and economic change.

Join the Donate Don’t Waste launch on 18 May at 3:30pm at St. Mary’s College concert hall to learn more about this innovation and demonstration project.

Take the clothing and home textiles survey here and respondents could win one of six €50 One4All gift vouchers.

Donate clean and dry clothing and home textiles at existing collection points, including charity shops, and at two community collectionstaking place on Wednesday, 25 May 3:30-5:30pm at St. Mary’s College carpark and on Wednesday, 1 June 10am-3pm at Arklow Recycling Centre, both of which will benefit SVP – Vincent’s Charity Shops East Region. See more in the announcements section of this page.

Share survey and Donate Don’t Waste information with friends, families, students, staff members, customers and community group members, for example.

To get involved contact [email protected] or 087 173 5184, follow #DonateDontWaste on social media and check this webpage for announcements.

What to donate

For what to donate, please see the donation list for clothing and home textiles below.

Where to donate

For where to donate, please see the map below for clothing and home textiles collection points. Select icon on upper left corner of map to expand location information.

Do you know of any other textile collection points to add to the map? Let us know at [email protected] or 087 173 5184.

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Our funders

EPA Circular Economy Programme

CRNI supports its members and works to mainstream reuse thanks to core funding provided by the EPA under the Circular Economy Programme.

For more information about the programme see here.

Project Funding

ReMark Quality Mark

CRNI received funding from the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications through the Circular Economy Innovation Grant Scheme to carry our the next phase of the ReMark project. 

For more information about the project see here.

Circular Textiles

CRNI is leading an EPA Green Enterprise project Circular Textiles, which will test the impact of three different separate collection systems for textiles and explore how we could manage the additional quantity of textiles that are collected. This project will be concluded in 2022.

For more information about the project see here.