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Community Reuse Network Ireland. About CRN. All Island network. Growing membership base. 3 Year Strategic Plan. Seed funding from EPA. Co-ordinator in place from July 2011.

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About CRN

All Island network

Growing membership base

3 Year Strategic Plan

Seed funding from EPA

Co-ordinator in place from July 2011

An Ireland where the word ‘waste’ doesn’t exist and where our entire community benefits from the social, environmental and economic value of all reusable resources.


An Ireland where the word ‘waste’ doesn’t exist and where our entire community benefits from the social, environmental and economic value of all reusable resources.

Why reuse?

Financial motivation & cost savings

Save time, energy & resources

Retains value in products

Generates jobs & business activity

Why now?

Reuse Centres and Virtual Exchanges growing globally

Benefits people and the environment

Jobs – 450,000 unemployed

Sustainable design

Revised EU Waste Framework Directive

Article 8

“Member States shall take measures as appropriate to promote the re-use of products and preparing for re-use activities, notably through the establishment and support of re-use and repair networks, the use of economic instruments, procurement criteria, quantitative objectives or other measures”

The Main Benefits

Waste prevention & sustainable resource management

Social equity - social inclusion activities, affordable goods

Economic viability – jobs and training

What’s being reused?

Furniture – Busy Bees, Rediscovery Centre, Revamp, VSL, Freetrade Ireland, East Belfast Mission, SMILE

Paint – Rediscovery Centre, Revamp

Textiles – Liberties Recycling, Rediscovery Centre, East Belfast Mission

Computers and WEEE – Camara, Rehab Recycle, Bryson Electrical Recycling , CCRI, East Belfast Mission

Bicycles – Rothar, Rediscovery Centre, East Belfast Mission

2010 CRN Statistics

Home Furniture – Over 257 tonnes / 6,600 items

Paint – Over 1.5 tonnes / 250-300 5l tins

Textiles – Over 1300 tonnes / 1,950,000 items

Computers and WEEE – Over 62,000 tonnes / 40,000 items

Bicycles – Over 15.6 tonnes / 780 bikes

*Note: some members data to be added

Jobs & Training

Ireland - Over 450 jobs and growing

Ireland - Over 75 Volunteers and work placements

Reuse in Practice

The Rediscovery Centre

Furniture, Fashion, Bikes, Paint, Metals

From 3 staff in 2005 to 23 in 2011 (FT & PT)

Workshops, retail, education & research

CRN work to date

Draft 3 year strategic plan

Increase in membership numbers

Successful membership of the RREUSE network

Communications strategy

Draft best practice guide

Input into new policy documents

CRN Strategic Plan

1. Develop a market for reused goods

2. Create and develop a reuse infrastructure

3. Promote the potential of reuse and recycling

4. Educate for legislative change

5. Support CRN members

CRN Active Projects

Strategic Plan consultation process

Reuse at Civic Amenity / Recycling Centres

Finalise & Develop KPIs

Reuse Quality Mark research & feasibility

Annual Conference 2011

Participation in the RREUSE network

Reuse Links