Inspiration and resources for communities to get involved  in reuse.

Events & Activities

Interested in doing a reuse event or activity? See the options below for inspiration & ideas.


Support Local

Borrow & Share


Run a swap event for tools, toys & clothes

Host a vintage fashion show or bring & buy sale

Green an existing event – borrow or rent equipment, reusable coffee cups, drinking cups and containers

Support Reuse Month October!

Feature your local reuse services at events (charity shops, upcyclers, repairers, rentals) – find CRNI member stores here

Donate to local charity shops.

Add a local repair business to

Set up a community sharing library for tools, plants or other items

Support your local library

Install a bookbox for swapping books

Host and share a Rainbow Rentals party kit for kids parties

Organise an upcycling competition for furniture or fashion up-styling

Run a competition to create items from reused materials

Get young people involved in Junk Kouture and ECOUNESCO Young Environmentalist Award competitions

Develop Skills

Talk about it

Inspiration, Go Further

Organise a repair skills or upcycling workshop. For CRNI member workshops see here.
Talk about reuse in your community meetings – what have you reused lately? How have you avoided waste?

Get someone in to talk about decluttering or food waste prevention

Learn how to reuse, repair or recycle in your everyday life here

Find reuse and upcycling tips here

Find out how to set up a reuse repair social enterprise here

Get in touch – [email protected]

These toolkits were developed by CRNI on behalf of the three Regional Waste Management Offices for National Reuse Month 2018.

Supports & Resources

Sustainable Communities

The Wheel’s online sustainable communities toolkit is full of ideas for incorporating actions that promote social, environmental and economic sustainability into the work that you do and the communities you work with. You can also download support materials to use alongside the toolkit.

Tips on Going Green

Tips on how to green your events & examples of green festivals by the Local Authority Prevention Network (LAPN). 


Find out about the LA21 Partnership Fund supporting small scale environmental projects

Community Projects

Find out about VOICE’s Communities programmes including Conscious Consumption Communities  

Where to go for ...

Support your local repair businesses – find what’s in your community or register local repair services for free.

Where to go for ...

Everything you need to know about what to do with your stuff and its impacts.


Find out about Community grants currently available through this Foundation

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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.