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October is Reuse Month!

While the overall amount of waste produced in Ireland has increased over time, there has also been an increase in recognition of the economic and social potential of waste as a resource. National Reuse Month 2017 is aimed at highlighting this potential to individuals, families, communities, local and big businesses, schools and social enterprises. Reuse Month is part of a nationwide initiative to change attitudes towards old and disused objects, while encouraging people to repurpose, donate, sell or repair items and keep them out of landfill sites.

The principle behind Reuse Month is to promote reuse, repair and upcycling of products, in order to decrease the amount of materials going to landfill and extend the life of products before they are recycled.

Both the concept of reuse and practical examples of reuse will be promoted in Kildare throughout Reuse Month using a variety of activities and events. Kildare County Council and the Eastern-Regional Waste Management Office have organised a series of workshops and skills demonstrations to give practical examples of this, some with a Hallowe’en flavour! There is one scheduled for each of the five Municipal Districts in the county. See the attached listing for full details.

In addition to the workshops, Freetrade Ireland, the EMRW also wants to challenge people in Kildare to come up with the best example of reusing or upcycling. The Upcycle Challenge 2017 is how they hope to achieve this.It’s simple really. They are challenging everybody to unearth the creativity within and create something new out of something old…to breathe new life into an item or material that you source – and remember, there are bonus points if you find it on FreeTrade Ireland! So if you can find something old and renovate it or turn it into something completely different but still usable then they want to see it!

The competition is open to everyone and there is a €1,000 prizes up for grabs!

New for 2017, a created a national category especially for Men’s Sheds, where the best entry from a Men’s Sheds group will win €1,000!

The competition will close at 5pm on Monday the 16th of October.

How to Enter

  • Source something old or unwanted
  • Take a 'Before' photo
  • Turn it into something new (whether that's cleaning it up and repainting it or repurposing it for a different use, that's up to you)
  • Take an 'After' photo
  • Fill in the entry form, available at www.freetradeireland.ie
  • Send to info@freetradeireland.ie

#upcyclechallenge17

 

 

 

Here is a summary of venues and times (detailed info further down)

 

Saturday 7th October 8.45am to 3pm

Venue: The Cottage Market in Newbridge Town Hall

 

Saturday 14th October 10am to 4pm

Venue: McAuley Place, Naas, www.mcauleyplace.ie

 

Date: Friday 20th October 10am to 3.30pm (closed 1-2)

Venue: Newbridge Library

 

Saturday Oct 21st 1pm to 6pm

Venue: Monasterevin Community Centre

Reimagine Halloween event theme

 

Saturday October 28th 10am to 4pm

Venue: Celbridge Mill Community Centre

Reimagine Halloween event theme

 

 

 

Date: Saturday 7th October 8.45am to 3pm

Venue: The Cottage Market in Newbridge Town Hall

 

Grow It Yourself gardening Grow It Yourself (GIY) Newbridge gardeners on hand with advice on growing local vegetables and herbs, how to take cuttings and recycling options for pots, compostable pots, compost ideas and gardening books with an emphasis on ways to reduce our food miles.

A discount will be available on the day from Farrell & Nephew book store on all gardening and 4 R related books www.farrellandnephew.ie/

 

BYO Bring Your Own stall. Dublin based Market Stall inviting all to bring your own jars, bags or containers. Fill up on packaging free wholesome organic dry goods with no unnecessary packaging.

 

Zero waste cleaning products Ideas and tips from Íde and Ciaran Mhic Gabhann with a focus on minimising waste.

 

Teddy bear hospital will be set up on the day and a call out to bring your new and surplus toys, wonky soft toys and teddy bears to be mended for new homes with the Team Hope annual ShoeBox appeal. Volunteers will be staffingf the Community Stall on the day. RePair the bear, Repair, remake and reimagine items from your home that will go to new families overseas.

 

Upcycled Fashions Breda Healy from Newbridge ICA, and childrens educator will be demonstrating how to remodel teeshirts to back packs and sharing hands on tips on upcycled work in the home.

 

Sustainable living and climate solutions popup from Shamrock Spring- bringing sustainable development goals to our communities.

 

How to minimise food waste, new recipes for leftover food and community share options inspired by Food Cloud. Take away information packs, how to shop and reduce packaging.

 

Cloth Nappy Library Ireland and Sling Library with a range of reusable nappies and slings to share.

 

 

 

 

Date: Saturday 14th October 10am to 4pm

Venue: McAuley Place, Naas, www.mcauleyplace.ie

 

10.30 Popup 4R information stalls & McAuley place recycle store Garden tour of Zerowaste gardens plus tour of compost (weather permitting this event may be hosted later in the day)

Ongoing drop in tour of McAuley place and restaurant showing how they live with a reduce waste ethic and highlighting examples on the premises with talks from their facilities and management.

 

11am and 4pm Dross Evolution A FreePlay waste awareness art workshop and host information on ReUse, Reimage, Repair and ReCycle (4Rs) with examples from Dross Evolution salvaging factory floor waste www.drossevolution.com .

 

Recycled bike artwork Naas TidyTowns will join to create a bicycle re imagined art installation for the town from reuse material as a gift to the town.

 

Zero waste information stall.

 

Yarnbomb Pop up Wool Workshop using a sustainable material to craft and make your own clothes and toys with qualified Yarn Bomber and ICA Member Angela Lane.

 

Tour of zero waste gardens with compost facilities and an insect hotel (weather permitting this event timing is flexible.

 

ReImagined Art work by Michelle McBride and Dross Evolution on display

Dross Evolution will also participate in the marketing or ReUse Month on their premises in Naas for the month also.

 

Sustainable living and climate solutions popup from Shamrock Spring- bringing sustainable development goals to our communities.

 

How to minimise food waste, new recipes for leftover food and community share options inspired by Food Cloud. Take away information packs, how to shop and reduce packaging.

 

Cloth Nappy Library Ireland and Sling Library with a range of reusable nappies and slings to share.

 

 

 

 

 

Date: Friday 20th October 10am to 3.30pm (closed 1-2)

Venue: Newbridge Library

 

10.00 How to minimize food waste, new recipes for left over and community share options inspired by Food Cloud & take away information packs. Where to shop & reduce packaging in Newbridge. “Fridge Magnet' A Pop up community fridge discussion and education on reducing food waste with Connect our Communty team

 

10.30 Yarnbomb Pop up Wool Workshop using a sustainable material to craft and make your own clothes and toys with experience Kildare Yarn Bomber Angela Lane

 

Make your own cloths and cleaning products - live demos and give it a go opportunity.

 

Cloth Nappy Library Cloth nappy demonstrations with a number of nappy demo kits

 

Sling Library information sharing on Ireland's baby sling and new family network with examples of baby slings

 

11.00-13.00 Dross Evolution Host a FreePlay waste awareness art workshop and host information on ReUse, Reimagine, Repair and ReCycle with examples from Dross Evolution salvaging Factory floor waste. Visitors of all ages will then be given the opportunity to free play with materials using techniques shown or they can use their own items to fashion Halloween outfits and masks. Upcycling Halloween costume and decorations waste awareness art workshop and information on ReUse, Reimagine, Repair and ReCycle opportunities

 

Afternoon features an inspiring film on climate solutions (to be announced) followed by community led interactive conversation about sustainable futures

 

Exhibition on show of waste reduction and tips on doing so plus examples of Reusable alternatives to everyday disposable items

 

Amnesty on wool, toys, and greeting cards to be reused in the community

 

 

 

 

 

Date: Saturday Oct 21st 1pm to 6pm

Venue: Monasterevin Community Centre

Reimagine Halloween event theme

 

 

13.00 Opening of event

 

14.30 Dross Evolution Host a FreePlay waste awareness art workshop and host information on ReUse, Reimage, Repair and ReCycle with examples from Dross Evolution salvaging Factory floor waste. Monasterevin TidyTowns will join to create a bycycle re imagined art installation for the town from reuse materials as a gift to the town.

Visitors will then be given the opportunity to free play with materials using techniques shown or they can use their own items to fashion Halloween outfits and masks.

 

Yarnbomb Pop up Wool Workshop - sustainable craft and make your own cloths, clothes and toys with YarnBomber and ICA Member Angela Lane.

 

Library of Things stall with nappy library and sling library items for young families.

 

Film on the theme of Zero Waste.

 

How to minimize food waste, new recipes for left over and community share options inspired by Food Cloud & take away information packs. Where to shop & reduce packaging.

 

Fridge Magnet- a pop up community fridge discussion on reducing our waste.

 

Make your own cloths and cleaning products - live demos and give it a go opportunity.

 

Upcycled Halloween costume and decorations waste awareness art workshop and host information on ReUse, Reimage, Repair and ReCycle.

 

PopUp Exhibition on show of waste reduction and tips on doing so examples of Reusable solutions versus disposable ones.

 

Amnesty on old towels, wool, toys, cards to be reused on the day.

 

Sustainable living and climate solutions popup from Shamrock Spring- bringing sustainable development goals to our communities.

 

How to minimise food waste, new recipes for leftover food and community share options inspired by Food Cloud. Take away information packs, how to shop and reduce packaging.

 

Cloth Nappy Library Ireland and Sling Library with a range of reusable nappies and slings to share.

 

 

 

Date: Saturday October 28th 10am to 4pm

Venue: Celbridge Mill Community Centre

Reimagine Halloween event theme

 

10.00 Opening of event Information on the stalls, meet the stall holder, information on Sustainable Development Goals

 

11.00 Dross Evolution Host a FreePlay waste awareness reuse art Halloween theme workshop and information on ReUse, Reimage, Repair and ReCycle with examples from Dross Evolution, salvaging factory floor waste with examples of make your own Halloween outfit & decorations.

 

13.00 Yarnbomb Pop up Wool Workshop - sustainable craft and make your own household use cloths, clothes and toys with YarnBomber and ICA Member Angela Lane.

 

Library of Things stall with nappy library and sling library items for young families.

 

Film on the theme of Zero Waste.

 

How to minimize food waste, new recipes for left over and community share options inspired by Food Cloud & take away information packs. Where to shop and reduce packaging pop up stall.

 

Fridge Magnet- a pop up community fridge discussion on reducing our waste.

 

Make your own cloths and cleaning products - live demos and give it a go opportunity.

 

Upcycled Halloween costume and decorations waste awareness art workshop and host information on ReUse, Reimage, Repair and ReCycle.

 

PopUp Exhibition on show of waste reduction and tips on doing so examples of reusable solutions versus disposable ones.

 

Amnesty on old towels, wool, toys, cards to be reused on the day.

 

Sustainable living and climate solutions popup from Shamrock Spring- bringing sustainable development goals to our communities.

 

How to minimise food waste, new recipes for leftover food and community share options inspired by Food Cloud. Take away information packs, how to shop and reduce packaging.

 

Cloth Nappy Library Ireland and Sling Library with a range of reusable nappies and slings to share.

 

 

Did you know that reusing items is a more environmentally-friendly way of dealing with waste than recycling! This is because it takes no resources to reuse something (other than maybe bringing the item to somebody) whereas recycling usually means transporting the item as well as usually transforming it into something else.- We can use the example of a simple object like a glass jam jar. To reuse it, we might simply rinse it out and use it for storing nuts and bolts or similar. To recycle it, we must bring it to the bottle bank (possibly by car). It is then removed (by large truck), brought to a depot, then crushed (using large machinery), then brought to recycling plant (truck), melted down into new jar (large furnace), transported to jam factory (truck), filled with jam then transported to shop (truck) and finally purchased by you and brought home!

Of course, this is still better than making new glass from raw materials- this uses ten times as much energy as melting down and recycling old glass. But the point is made that reusing items is a good idea. There are a number of websites for disposing of items for reuse:

www.freetradeireland.ie

www.jumbletown.ie

www.freebiesireland.com

www.freecycle.org/group/IE/Ireland

The sites are normally divided into categories like furniture, electrical equipment, garden equipment and so forth- there is even a 'wanted' section if you are looking for something in particular. You can also search some of them by area so you don't have to drive to Cork to collect a couple of patio slabs! The only rule with these websites is that everything must be offered for free- you simply contact the person getting rid of the item and organise with them to collect the items. It couldn't be easier and these websites are becoming extremely popular. Of course, you can also choose to sell whatever it you do not need in any of the small ad/classified papers or websites.

Some items can be repaired first of course- nobody throws away their car because the battery is flat! There are lots of other items that should be fixed before replacing them- shoes can be re-soled and heeled, clothes can be altered and repaired and some electrical items can be fixed (always keep the receipts and warranties for these items as you frequently do not have to pay anything in the event of a fault).

Charity shops

Please note: charity shops are always looking for good quality clothes, books, toys and household items- items that can be readily sold to help support the charity. They are not looking for clothes in poor condition, broken toys or household items. Poor quality clothes should be left in recycling banks. The other items are not really reusable and should be disposed of in the refuse bin.

The following list is what could be found from a directory and internet search. If you are aware of other charity shops dealing in secondhand goods or have further contact details for the one below, please contact the environment section at environ@kildarecoco.ie

Town Charity Address Tel.
Athy SVP 2 William St. 059 8632132
  Mrs. Quinns 31 Duke St. 087 1394320
Celbridge Mrs. Quinns Lr. Main St. 087 0579479
  St. Raphaels Main St. 01 6275416
Clane Mrs. Quinns Main St. 087 1394378
Kilcock St Brigid' Hospice Courtown Road  
  SVP Opp. St. Josephs Hall  
  Jack and Jill Site of old post office  
Kilcullen SVP Main St. 045 480785
Kildare town Mrs. Quinns Unit T3, Nugent St. Station Road 087 3194325
  SVP   045 520200
Maynooth Mrs. Quinns Achol House, The Square 087 7804982
  SVP Greenfield Shopping Centre 01 6289643
Naas Mrs. Quinns Corbans Lane 087 1394324
  Jack and Jill (Jay Jays) Unit 1 Fairgreen 087 1632852
Newbridge Mrs. Quinns Eyre St. 087 1394323
  Sue Ryder Georges St. 045 433358