Reuse Month promotes reuse and waste reduction

By Mary Dennehy

HOMES, schools and businesses are being encouraged to ‘repair, remake and reimagine’ as an eco-friendly programme of events is launched for National Reuse Month.

South Dublin County Mayor Paul Gogarty launched the initiative which, co-ordinated by the three Regional Waste Management (EMWR) offices, raises awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of reusing everyday items and materials that would otherwise go to waste.

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Speaking at the launch Mayor Gogarty said: “I am delighted that South Dublin County Council is launching  Reuse Month for the Eastern Midlands Waste region.

“Reuse Month is an important initiative that promotes reuse and waste reduction, which in turn decreases the amount of materials going to landfill and helps conserve precious resources.

“Education and awareness are important aspects of Reuse month and with this in mind there are many wonderful and interesting reuse events being carried out across Ireland”.

“[On launch day], South Dublin County had a fashion skills and upcycling workshop, along with book exchanges in County Hall and Clondalkin Civic Offices and vintage displays which show that just because something is old doesn’t mean it can’t still be used and be fashionable.

“Reuse month aims to make people more consumer conscious and encourages people to look at everyday items that can be reused in another way.”

Reuse month also reminds people that donating, refurbishing and repairing items are all forms of reuse, which offer people a chance to save or make money, get creative, learn a new skill and do their bit for the environment.

The EMWR website also has recycling tips for homes, schools and businesses alongside advice on how to reduce food waste.

For further information and events visit www.sdcc.ie or www.emwr.ie.

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