A Pick-up box service is being trialled at Nihtisilla Recycling Center, in Finland. The pick-up box is a smart compartment into which, for example, goods sold at an online second hand market can be brought for the buyer to pick up. Using the pick-up box is free of charge during the trial of the service.
Solidança in Spain has developed a #ReparaTruck, a free public service funded by municipalities to promote the repair and durability of small appliances, computers and bicycles. With the Reparatruck they teach people how to repair and extend the useful life of their goods.
Envie Autonomie facilitates the re-use and repair of medical equipment, reducing costs for those struggling with permanent or physical disabilities. They sell, install and maintain quality second-hand mobility and personal care equipment equpiment, home furnishings and more at 50 – 70 % cheaper than new.
The Baukarussel project in Austria is a consortium involved in the planning and implementation of recovery-oriented demolitions through social urban mining. This includes advice, physical extraction and a marketplace for used fittings and DIY goods.
Whole House Reuse involved the entire material of a single home, otherwise destined for waste, being deconstructed and transformed into beautiful and purposeful artefacts in New Zealand. Nearly 400 objects were created by reusing every single piece of the 1920’s weatherboard home to celebrate design and craft.
Move On Wood offer a waste wood collection service and use this to provide a wide range of high quality, reclaimed wood and timber as well as create upcycled home and garden furniture, including coffee tables, shelves and planters. For more see here.
Just like a library for books, at Belfast Tool Library you can borrow tools for up to a week and then bring them back for someone else to use. Members pay a small fee to help cover costs , agree to a Lending Policy and Membership Agreement. These guidelines keep everyone safe and protect the future of the tool library.
Community fridges are spaces where everyone can donate, share or take surplus food, and each fridge can save up to 4 tonnes of food every month. There are now 100 community fridges across the UK and Northern Ireland – see map here or watch video here. Paritcular liability issues face community fridges in Ireland. If you are interested in setting one up contact [email protected]
Jiminy has set up “Rainbow Rentals” – a community initiative to put a reusable party kit into every locality, so that borrowing and reusing – not buying and disposing – become the new normal for kids’ parties. Here’s where they’re all based…get in touch to donate reusable partyware or to borrow a kit! Anyone is invited to become a host – contact [email protected] for more.
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.