Charleville 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 Charleville 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 and door-to-door collections.
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 SVP and NCBI shops in Charleville. Through reselling textiles, these shops raise funds for people in need and create local jobs and training opportunities.
Upcoming door-to-door collections in some Charleville neighbourhoods are taking place on 28 April and 26 May and donations will benefit Vincent’s Charleville.
Collection dates and areas:
Thursday 28 April: The Pastures, Lios Na Rí, Meadow Vale, Glen Haven, Deerpark Heights, Vale Close, Manor Hill
Thursday 26 May: Oakfield, Orchard Heights, Batt Donegan Place, Hill View Drive, Mannixville, Rathgoggin Heights, The Park
Simply write SVP on your bags, fill with CLEAN and DRY clothing and home textiles, place outside your door by 9am, Ballyhoura Development Company will collect before 5pm and deliver to Vincent’s Charleville shop. For more details, see here.
Sign up to host a clothing and home textile collection at your school, business or community group. Donations will benefit SVP Charleville. Contact [email protected] or call 087 173 5184.
Media coverage Irish Examiner 16 March 2022, The Echo 22 March 2022, The Corkman/Irish Independent 24 March 2022, The Vale Star 24 March, The Cork Independent 23 March 2022, c103 Cork Today with Patricia Messinger 25 March 2022. To arrange an interview, contact Christine Costelloe at [email protected] or 087 173 5184.
Opportunities abound for Charleville 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 Shop Local Gift Vouchers valid in over 50 businesses in Charleville!
Community members can donate clean and dry unwanted clothing and home textiles at existing collection points, including SVP and NCBI Charleville charity shops, at new collection points and door-to-door collections in some neighbourhoods. Clean Technology Centre and Ballyhoura Development Company are helping with door-to-door collections, which will benefit Vincent’s Charleville.
Charleville businesses can host a textile collection and share Donate Don’t Waste information with customers. Donations will benefit SVP Charleville. Participating businesses will be on the www.donatecharleville.ie map and promoted on CRNI’s social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
Schools & community groups can host a textile collection, share the survey and Donate Don’t Waste information with students, families, group members and volunteer for flyer drop offs and donation pickups.
To get involved contact [email protected] or 087 173 5184, follow #DonateDontWaste on social media and check this webpage for announcements.
Donate Don’t Waste Charleville involves our charity partner Vincent’s Charleville, our technical partner Clean Technology Centre at MTU, collection partner Ballyhoura Development Company, Steering Commitee member the Southern Waste Management Plan Lead Authority and local authority partner Cork County Council.
For what to donate, please see the donation list for clothing and home textiles below.
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.
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.