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

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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 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. 

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

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The Useless Project host webinars for schools and businesses teaching about the circular economy, fast fashion, sustainable living and food waste prevention. Geraldine and Taz also run a monthly Virtual Flea Market on their Instagram stories here, which takes place on the first Saturday of every month and features vendors from all around the country who are engaged in circular and sustainable commerce.

Nationwide

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Many ICSA charity shops are online with thriftify (see above) or e-bay. Some are also offering click and deliver services – check out icsa.ie for details.

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 with the #contactlesscoffee method, bring yours for a discount or loyalty points and encourage your café to adopt a #contactlesscoffee policy.

Also, when ordering takeaway, be sure to say no to throwaways like cutlery, napkins, straws and sachets (salt, sauce, sugar). Find out more at Conscious Cup Campaign here.

Be sure to bring your reusable water bottle with you when out and about within your 5km radius, and get it #refilled for free using Refill Ireland‘s tap map here.

Refill Ireland is a Not-For-Profit environmental project that is developing a network of free to use indoor and outdoor public drinking water fountains in towns and cities around Ireland to remove the public’s need for single use plastic water bottles. 

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

Dublin

ReCreate will reopen to the public on Wednesday the 19th May from 9:30am. They will be operating the same appointment based system as before. To book an appointment, email your details to [email protected]

Recycle IT are accepting all types of household / small office electrical and electronic equipment for safe recycling. Drop off free Mon 9.15am to 3pm or Tues – Friday 9.15am to 1.30pm. Contact Recycle IT here.

If you need to recycle old and unused computer equipment which has gone beyond reuse Recycle IT can help. We currently accept all types of home and small office computing equipment free. If required and on request the Recycle IT team will cost effectively and safely removed hard disk drives and physically destroy each one ensuring your data is not shared.

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

Tech2students are welcoming donations of laptops to help close the digial divide for students. Click here to find out more.

Galway & Limerick

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 5pm, 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

Gateway to Education is selling goods online via their facebook page which can be delivered locally or posted if appropriate. Donations can also be left at the storeroom at Tate Business Centre Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 10am – 2pm. For more contact (061) 481 633 or [email protected]

Cork & Kerry

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In compliance with Government guidelines under Level 5 Restrictions which came into affect on January 6th  2021, Duhallow Revamp in Cork is working behind closed doors and operating Click and Deliver service .If you would like to inquire about a purchase, please contact us at 02960633. For furniture donations or to inquire about furniture restoration, please send us pictures along with location and contact details to [email protected]

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Deaf Enterprises in Cork is currently operating on a click and deliver basis. If you are interested in estimating work or scheduling a furniture repair or refurbishment job you can get in touch with them via 021 4294111 or via [email protected]

Kingdom Furniture Revamp in Kerry is currently working behind closed doors in line with Level 5 restrictions and is offering a click and deliver service via Facebook here.  For furniture donations, please contact [email protected] / (066) 7142576 / (066) 714 2211 / (087) 6624487

Cork Community Bikes

With the high level of COVID-19 cases in Cork and restrictions, Cork Community Bike volunteers are only going into the workshop for urgent cases. While they’re not offering in-person help for you to fix your bike, they may be able to offer repairs and services in urgent cases. If you need their help, please fill in the form here. They will let you know if they can help and in most cases will arrange a time to drop off a bike at their workshop. If you have any questions to help you repair your own bike, contact CCB and they should be able to advise.

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 remains open through all levels of COVID restrictions for bicycle, lawnmower and wheelchair repair services. Under level 5 restrictions, training courses are no longer taking place. However, they will run under Level 3 restrictions taking all Covid-19 precautions. If you would like to have a repair or service, please get in touch either by calling 089-2436006 or by booking via our website http://renewenterprises.ie/

Reuse & Recycling Inspiration

CREATIVE IDEAS

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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

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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

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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

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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.