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October is National Reuse Month!

Reuse Month 2017 is part of a national environmental initiative to educate people about reusing end of life products and materials. It aims to encourage people to repurpose, refurbish, donate, sell or repair old items giving them a new lease of life and adding value. 

Currently, Irish people reuse less than 2% of old bulky goods, including furniture, with most of the remaining goods going to landfill. Ireland has an obligation under the Waste Framework Directive to recycle 50% of household waste by 2020. To meet this target, households across the country will therefore have to reduce their waste and increase their rate of recycling by an average of 5% over the next three years.  The initiative is coordinated by Ireland’s three Regional Waste Offices via the Local Authorities throughout the month of October for Reuse Month 2017. 

Ireland has a significant number of skilled artists, craftspeople and handymen and women that can find new uses for old furniture, clothes, jewellery, bicycles and everyday items. Reuse Month 2017 will harness these skills and knowledge with others in their local area by assisting with workshops, classes and presentations during Reuse Month this October.

Dara Wyer, Environmental Awareness Officer with Kildare County Council said; “2016 saw Ireland's first national Reuse Month and we were delighted with the reaction we received from the public. We want to get everyone involved in 2017 – craftspeople, artists, community groups, schools, Men’s Sheds and individuals. We want to change attitudes so that people see the potential in discarded materials and resources rather than just seeing waste. Reuse doesn’t just divert waste from our landfills, it also saves resources, creates employment and helps consumers save money.”

Kildare County Council is hosting a programme of events during Reuse Month in October 2017 including workshops, talks and demonstrations that promote all aspects of reusing products. The aim is to inspire everyone to actively engage in reusing everyday products on a practical level and to make sure that these items are still valuable.

The programme for Reuse Month will be available on the council’s website and Facebook page: ,as well as the EMWR website


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 prize up for grabs!

New for 2017 is a new 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 5 p.m. on Monday 16 October 2017.

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

  • Send to


List of October is Reuse Month events is available on the council website at this link

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