Rescue and Reuse - FreeTrade Ireland

Dublin City Council recently hosted a very successful ‘FreeTrade Ireland Reuse Day’ at Ringsend Recycling Centre. The FreeTrade Ireland Team met with householders visiting the centre to inform them about the national online reuse service and it’s many environmental and financial benefits.
 
On the day the team rescued a number of items suitable for reuse from the skips on site which included an almost-new inkjet printer and a selection of popular DVD’s.  The items where then uploaded on www.freetradeireland.ie and have since gone on to happy new homes.
 
“An inkjet printer in great condition was rescued and is a perfect example of the quality of reusable items that are available on the website. This item is saving the new owner in excess of €100” explains Lord Mayor Christy Burke. 
 
“Since the national launch of www.freetradeireland.ie in 2010 over 13,000 items in the Dublin City Council area have gone on to find new homes and an estimated 234 tonnes of material has been diverted away from skips and landfills” said Sandra Smith, Environmental Awareness Officer with Dublin City Council.
 
Once a customer spots an item on the website that they want, they simply contact the person offering the item and arranges to collect the item directly.  The service is completely free to use for all users whether you are posting and ad, offering an item or looking to obtain an unloved item for free. Another key development of the service is the new FreeTrade Ireland smartphone app which was launched last November.  
 
FreeTrade Ireland is a national online reuse initiative funded by the EPA, as part of the National Waste Prevention Programme.  The FreeTrade service has been supported by Dublin City Council since 2006.
 
 
 
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