The European Commission’s Ecodesign regulations were published on 1 October 2019. These regulations will boost repair for products such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers and televisions by requiring that they are longer lasting and more repairable, and that spare parts will be available to professional repairers for up to 10 years. The regulations will apply from 2021.

These measures are welcome by CRNI whose members carry out repair and reuse throughout the country. In the meantime, to ensure reuse and repair are prioritised ahead of recycling in line with the waste hierarchy in Ireland, financial measures will be needed to support repair organisations to meet stringent standards and insurance costs.

For more on these new regulations see the RREUSE network Europe, which has campaigned for the “right to repair” or the Commission’s own press release here.

  • October 3, 2019

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Our funders

EPA National Waste Prevention Programme

CRNI supports its members and works to mainstream reuse thanks to core funding provided by the EPA under the National Waste Prevention Programme.

For more information about the programme see here.

Project Funding

Pilot Northern Ireland Reuse and Repair Network

CRNI received funding from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and rural Affairs in 2020 to carry out a pilot establishing a reuse and repair network in Northern Ireland.

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.