About Donate Don't Waste Buncrana

Buncrana 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 Buncrana aims to understand attitudes and behaviours around unwanted clothing and home textiles and make donations easier by sharing information on where and what to donate.

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 Buncrana. Through reselling textiles, these shops raise funds for people in need and create local jobs and training opportunities.

Announcements

 Wondering where to donate          your clean & dry preloved clothing and home textiles in Buncrana? It’s easy, find a convenient location on the map below.

Do you know of another location to add to the map? Please get in touch with us at [email protected] so we can add it.

Buncrana community members are invited to join the Donate Don't Waste Buncrana launch coffee morning at 10am at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Wednesday, 22 June. We hope to see you there!

Get involved

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

Take the clothing and home textiles survey here and you could win one of six €50 All4One gift cards!

Community members can donate clean and dry unwanted clothing and home textiles at existing collection points, including Vincent’s Buncrana and other charity shops (see map below).

Buncrana businesses can share Donate Don’t Waste information with customers.

Schools & community groups can share the survey and Donate Don’t Waste information with students, families, group members. Host a clothing and home textiles drive with donations benefitting Vincent’s Buncrana, the project’s charity partner. 

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.