In Ireland, about 68,000 tonnes of textiles are discarded every year by householders and commercial users.

A push to recycle more clothing has been launched in the first of three towns selected for a pilot project, Developing a Circular Textiles System for Ireland. 

The project was launched in Charleville, Co Cork, on Tuesday night, and further launches will take place shortly in Arklow, Co Wicklow, and Buncrana, Co Donegal.

It is being run by Community Resources Network Ireland’s (CRNI) innovation and demonstration project, which will inform national policy, and is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPAs) Green Enterprise: Innovation for a Circular Economy.

The Donate Don’t Waste pilot 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.

Read more in the Examiner



  • March 23, 2022

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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.

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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.