We’ve launched our 2021 Member Impact Report!

We’re thrilled that you want to learn more about our growing network of members who work in community based reuse, repair and recycling across Ireland. Their important work in building a more Circular Economy in Ireland straddles the lines of ‘Green’ and ‘Social’.

By Green, we mean that CRNI members work is at the heart of driving the circular economy. They work in communities across Ireland on reuse, repair and recycling initiatives, with the aim of creating an Ireland where the word waste doesn’t exist.

By social, we mean that CRNI members strive to facilitate social inclusion by providing employment and engagement opportunities in repair, reuse and recycling to people traditionally excluded from the jobs market. They also provide goods and services at affordable prices, or at no cost at all, so that everyone can have access.

This report is a celebration and acknowledgement of the work they carried out in 2021. The term ‘labour of love’ can certainly be applied here. What you’ll see when you get to read on is an amalgamation of CRNI members’ life work and mission. Our members include Bounce Back Recycling, a mattress recycling initiative who provide employment opportunities to the Travelling Community in Galway.

We also have Deaf Enterprises in our network, a furniture restoring initiative in Cork who provide training and employment opportunities to the Deaf Community, and many many more organisations who choose courage over comfort every day when they step up to deliver for their communities.

This report contains some conservative impact metrics that we’re delighted to share. In 2021, just over €52 million in turnover was generated by CRNI members. They also saved some 171,000 carbon tonnes, and worked with over 1000 people on employment schemes.

With increased supports, we’re confident that the community reuse, repair and recycling sector can deliver a Circular Economy that has incredible environmental, social, and economic benefits not just for some, but for all.


Read the report in full here.

  • October 27, 2022

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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

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Green + Social Virtual Trade Fair

CRNI’s Green + Social Virtual Trade Fair is funded by Ireland’s Regional Waste Management Plan Offices. This innovative virtual platform is open 24/7 and gives visitors the opportunity to explore green and social procurement opportunities provided by reuse, repair and recycling social enterprises and community-based organisations across Ireland.

Access the Green + Social Virtual Trade Fair here.

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