Reuse, Repair & Recycle during COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Where to reuse, repair & recycle during restrictions

We encourage you to get creative, prioritise secondhand goods, learn,  support and engage in reuse, repair and recycling during this challenging time. Below are ways you can continue to work with CRNI Members to help contribute to climate action and a just and inclusive circular transition.

Online

thriftify

Thriftify has added to its growing fashion selection online and now sells books, media, fashion and accessories and is a great way to support your favourite charity shops. Visit the online store here. 

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FreeTrade Ireland lets you pass on and pick up items for free here.

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The Useless Project is running a monthly Virtual Flea Market on their Instagram stories here.

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Give, lend or find things you need for free online at WeShare here.

Nationwide

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You can still shop through click & collect in many ICSA charity shops and on Thriftify (see above) or e-bay. During this time, you can also support charity shops by keeping aside unwanted items for donation for when restrictions lift and/or make a financial donation to the charities that operate your favourite charity shops. Find your local charity shops here.

Conscious Cup

It can be easy and safe to make, serve or get coffee in a reusable cup. During restrictions, support cafés accepting reusable cups, bring yours for a discount or loyalty points and encourage your café to adopt a contactless coffee policy. After restrictions, sit in with a ceramic cup. And, when ordering takeaway, be sure to say no to throwaways — such as cutlery, napkins, straws and sachets (salt, sauce, sugar). Find out more at Conscious Cup Campaign here.

FoodCloud is providing surplus food and supporting its network of 500+ Community Groups to feed people in need during this challenging time. Please consider making a donation to this super organisation here.

Cloth Nappy Library Ireland is providing loans of nappy kits from newborn to bed wetting (3-9yrs), via nationwide postal loans or local lending libraries. For more check out their webpage here.

Dublin

The Rediscovery Centre is offering a click and collect service. Orders can be placed online rediscovery-centre.myshopify.com Opening hours for click & collect are Mon–Fri from 9.30am-5pm.

Although closed to the public during restrictions, the ReCreate team are still operating our delivery service! Order your very own Creative Care Package. A large box of carefully selected creative materials from the ReCreate Warehouse, now available for delivery across Ireland. Creative Care Packages are perfect for families & groups, just add a sprinkle of imagination for hours of fun! Order here.

Recycle IT in Clondalkin is open for WEEE recycling collection service. If you would like to book a safe and cost-effective personal or office collection for all your old electrical equipment, contact Recycle IT here.

Eco Mattress Recycling will be on the road making collections in the Dublin area. To arrange a collection, visit their website here

Galway

An Mheitheal Rothar will be taking in repairs & selling parts etc during the lockdown at their shop at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road, open Tues-Sat 9am till 7pm, closed Sun and Mon. Strict Covid safety measures apply. 

During restrictions, Bounce Back Recycling will continue with mattress and furniture collections. To ensure everyone’s safety, we will ask our customers to pay online (Paypal, bank transfer) and leave the furniture outside for collection. If you want to recycle your mattress call (091) 760 877 or send a message here.

Cork

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Repairs continue at Duhallow Furniture Revamp’s workshop in Newcastle, Co. Cork. They are also operating a click and collect service for furniture and face masks. Payment can be taken over the phone and postage is available for the purchase of masks.

 

DeafEnterprises

Deaf Enterprises in Cork City is operating its repair services and also a click and collect service for furniture. Call 021 4294111.

Roscommon

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Roscommon Women’s Network (RWN) is dedicated to supporting women and families
throughout Co. Roscommon. During Level 5 restrictions, shop for CycleUp upcycled products on their online shop here.

Waterford

Renew Enterprises bicycle, lawnmower and wheelchair repair services are open. Training courses are continuing taking Covid-19 precautions. The are looking for old bikes for refurbishment. Ring them on 0892436006 if you have an old bike to recycle.

Reuse & Recycling Inspiration

CREATIVE IDEAS

Follow ReCreate’s wonderful Creative Corner series of six-minute videos on creative reuse available here.

These videos cover a range of themes to give you and your family an idea of different activities to take part in from the comfort of your own home. 

Share what you have made with ReCreate’s Digital Exhibition, for a chance to win family passes to EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum once we get back to normal. ReCreate will select finalists once the exhibition closes, and ask the public to vote on their winners. 

REDISCOVER AT HOME

Follow the Rediscovery Centre’s Rediscover @ Home video series here. These go behind the scenes at the Rediscovery Centre and share tips on sustainability and upcycling, provide online tours of the centre and deliver some curriculum-led educational tutorials. 

You can also watch the Rediscovery Centre’s top tips on french polishing, upholstery & upcycling on Ireland AM TV here. Finally, their News page has fantastic reuse information and tips here

You can Ask the Experts at the Rediscovery Centre for reuse and repair support. Check out their social media channels for the current topic area and find out how to ask a question.

TUTORIALS, RECIPES, SEWING & MORE

Follow The Useless Project on Instagram here for regular positive and encouraging creative content every week including tutorials, recipes, virtual sewing and much, much more.

FOOD WASTE

Learn more about food waste with the amazing FoodCloud in RTE’s Changing Ireland – My Big Idea programme here

RECYCLING TIPS

The RecycleIT blog is chockablock with excellent recycling information and tips. Take a read here.

For more information about the goods and services our members offer, please visit here (for a general directory) or here (if you are a business or public body).

See also our videos page here for more upcycling inspiration, tips on reuse, info about the Circular Economy and more.

Sign up to our quarterly newsletter for more information on reuse and recycling and be part of Ireland’s only reuse and recycling network. For information about our privacy practices, see here.

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.

Qualification and Quantification of Reuse

CRNI is part of a research consortium working on the Q2Reuse project, which aims to develop a methodology for the qualification and quantification of reuse. This project will be concluded in 2021.

For more information about the project see here.