National Reuse Month launches – Repair Remake Re-imagine

Minister for Communication, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, TD, today launched National Reuse Month in the Wood Quay Venue, Dublin 8.  October 2016 has been designated as National Reuse Month involving the three Regional Waste Offices who are coordinating a nationwide series of events to run throughout the month.

Speaking at today’s launch Minister Naughten said ““National Reuse Month is a new waste prevention initiative to raise awareness about the economic and environmental benefits of reusing everyday items and materials that would otherwise go to waste. Throughout October, there will be local and regional workshops and events all over Ireland to promote ways for families, businesses and communities to reuse. Donating, refurbishing and repairing items are all forms of reuse and offer people a chance to save or make money, get creative, learn a new skill and be environmentally conscious”.

“Reuse reduces the volume of waste being discarded while also conserving natural resources, energy and water. Reuse also offers significant economic benefits locally including job creation,” added Minister Naughten.

National Reuse Month is a new waste prevention initiative to raise awareness about the economic and environmental benefits of reusing everyday items and materials that would otherwise go to waste. Throughout October, there will be local and regional workshops and events all over Ireland to promote ways for families, businesses and communities to reuse. Donating, refurbishing and repairing items are all forms of reuse and offer people a chance to save or make money, get creative, learn a new skill and do their bit for the environment.

Reuse reduces the volume of waste being discarded while also conserving natural resources, energy and water. Reuse also offers significant economic benefits by creating jobs and boosting local economies.

Events and activities taking place during October for National Reuse Month include fashion and furniture upcycling workshops, local information events, fashion shows with local charity shops, business events, art workshops and many, many more.

For full details of events happening all over the country during National Reuse Month, check out your Local Authority’s website or any of the three Regional Waste Offices (see below):

Eastern Midlands Waste Region   www.emwr.ie

Southern Waste Region:  www.southernwasteregion.ie  

Connacht-Ulster Waste Region www.curwmo.ie

 

‘The Nualas’ song is available at: http://bit.ly/TheNualasReuseSong

 

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For further Information please contact: Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277  w: www.dublincity.ie

 

Photographs will be syndicated to picture desks by Fennell Photography on the day and are available on request from the Media Relations Office above.

 

Notes to the Editor:

Speakers at today’s event, together with Minister Naughten, are Hugh Coughlan, co-ordinator of the Eastern-Midlands Regional Waste Office, Killian Farrell, Acting Waste Prevention Officer with the Connacht-Ulster Regional Waste Office, Sarah Miller, CEO of the Rediscovery Centre, and Pauline McDonagh from the Southern Regional Waste Management Office.

The Regional Waste Offices and the local authorities are partnering with organisations such as Community Reuse Network Ireland, the Irish Charity Shops Association, Free Trade Ireland, ReCreate Ireland and the Rediscovery Centre in order to bring relevant and exciting reuse activities to the broad audience for this initiative.  Throughout the month we will be working with these diverse organisations in order to promote reuse by them displaying and sharing their inspirations and knowledge to grow their networks.

Both the concept of reuse and the practical activity of reuse will be promoted throughout Reuse Month using a variety of activities and events such as up-cycling workshops, local repair directories, skills demonstrations and lessons (sewing, painting etc), an online reuse pledge as well as promoting organisations and sectors that operate in the reuse space (e.g. charity shops, furniture up-cycling companies and social enterprises and resource exchange sites such as Free Trade Ireland).

National Reuse Month is aimed at individuals, families, communities, local and big businesses, schools and social enterprises.

The past two decades have seen a sea change in how we manage our waste in Ireland. Reports such as the EPA State of the Environment Report and the EU barometer, demonstrate that communities and businesses in Ireland are proficient segregators and recyclers and are mindful about waste and the environment.

However, waste policy at national and European level has also progressed over the past two decades and at the same time the economic and social potential of waste as a resource has been recognised. If we are to continue to manage our wastes in a safe and compliant manner and also exploit the opportunities that they offer us to boost local economies and create employment, we need to see our waste as a valuable resource. Making better use of this valuable resource involves reusing materials wherever possible and prioritising the reuse of such material over recycling, recovery and disposal.

Reuse Month will take the concepts at the heart of Ireland’s progressive and strategic waste policy and transfer them into practice at grass roots level. In addition, the activities planned have been carefully chosen to coincide with specific policy actions in the Regional Waste Management Plans.

The Nualas will perform a song they have written for National Reuse Month at today’s launch. Lyrics below:

I had a bag it was going in the bin

I thought hang on a minute I can use it again

I snipped off the handles and put in a new zip

Spanking new hot pants for my holiday trip.

 

Hey don't be an anti-reuse lump

Don't throw all that stuff in the municipal dump

Don't give all your old teddy bears the chop

Bring them on a picnic to the charity shop

 

Use reuse use it again

Stop before you throw all your stuff in the bin

 

Use reuse use it some more

Make your stuff into something it wasn't before

 

Think of all your stuff that could have more life

Like your fridge your bicycle even your wife

Shrinking your bin bag will make you feel great

Make a vase from a jar, make a stool from a crate

 

Use reuse use it again

Stop before you throw all your crates in the bin

 

Use reuse use it some more

Make your stuff into something it wasn't before

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