Mattress Recycling Coming Soon!

Dispose of an old mattress?

The best and most environmentally friendly way to dispose of a mattress is to RECYCLE IT.

Today most people have heard about recycling paper, plastic and electrical equipment and more, but did you know you can also recycle your old mattress safely and soon you will have an opportunity to recycle your old mattress in South Dublin!

Many old and used mattresses end in up landfills, incineration facilities or are just dumped which is not good for the environment. If an old mattress does make it to a landfill site it can take between 50 and 100 years for that mattress to decompose during which time the chemically treated materials used in manufacturing can leak into the soil and groundwater supply.

Others are collected and end up on bonfires at Halloween which again is bad news for the environment and health of people who might be exposed to fumes from these fires.

It’s interesting to note that about 35 million mattresses are disposed of each year according to Auping, a European supplier of mattresses and related items. This figure includes mattresses used in Irish homes.

Mattress Recycling Initiaive – Recycle IT

What is Mattress Recycling?

Mattress recycling involves taking apart the components of beds and reusing them in other applications. It is different then mattress refurbishing or renewal, which involves reupholstering and reselling the mattress and bed. This is always an option and reuse is preferable to recycling.

Most materials used in a mattress can be repurposed once a bed is deconstructed (about 85-90%), Recyclers are constantly developing new ways to reuse material recovered from the bedding.

  • Springs & Coils: Metal can be reformed into new items.
  • Foams: Mattress foams can be shredded and used in carpet padding, moving pads, and as a fuel source.
  • Fibres: Cotton and other fibres can be used in filters, insulation or burned for fuel.
  • Fabrics & Upholstery: Can be reclaimed for use in other items.
  • Wood: Can be chipped for mulch, reused in new products or burned for fuel.
Mattress Recycling Initiaive – Recycle IT

Mattress Recovery for Recycling

Starting in late September 2021 Recycle IT will support free drop off days at Recycle IT in Clondalkin. Householders located in the South Dublin County Council area can drop off old mattresses for safe recycling Monday – Friday between 10am and 1pm. This initiative starts Monday, Sept 27th 2021. There is a limit on the number of mattresses accepted per household.

Recycle IT will also offer a limited number of estate collections for households located in the South Dublin County Council area. We are unable to offer free personal collections.

South Dublin County Council Logo

This mattress recycling initiative is supported by South Dublin County Council. It helps curtail unlawful disposal of waste mattresses and offer residents a free and eco-friendly opportunity to recycle. This in turn help save valuable resources, landfill capacity and/or reduces costly incineration. It is a convenient and safe recycling solution for residents with old mattresses.

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT, isRecycle IT, is an award-winning social enterprise. Services are provided in partnership with South Dublin County Council. Recycle IT are supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development, Pobal and Dormant Accounts and authorised by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Leinster.

Recycling Van – Recycle IT

Our mattress recycling initiative will start in late September 2021. If you need to recycle a mattress immediately you can call Eco Mattress, Dublin 11 or visit Ballymount Civic Amenity Site Dublin 20. There may be a cost for collection and/or recycling so please call the service provider in advance.

If you have a resident’s association, please do contact us. Our team will record your interest and hopefully, we can work with your residents group to arrange a collection event for your estate in October 2021.

  • Just to note – to booked one of a limited number of community collection events please email us.
  • When offering a community collection event in South Dublin all mattresses must be dropped too an agreed collection point in your estate. Our teams can’t enter homes or apartments.

Recycle IT are not offering personal household collection related to Mattress Recycling.

For further information please call 01 4578321 or email Recycle IT here

National Bike Week 2021

Getting Going!

Cycling a bike remains a great way to keep fit and active and is a good way to boost immunity, it’s also fantastic for your general well-being (both physical and mental).

The Irish Sports Council say “Cycling is becoming more and more popular in Ireland both as a means of transport and as a leisure time pursuit. It is an ideal pursuit for all age groups and is truly a life-long activity. Cycling is ideal as part of a daily exercise routine and can be part of your daily commute, your trip to the shops or a weekend spin with friends just for fun.

National Bike Week Poster

If you’re a lapsed cyclist you may already have an old bike that’s perfect to get you out and about . If you decide to use an old bike it’s important that you make sure that it’s in good working order before getting out on the road. If your current bike is not up to the job you can always recycle safely.

Ireland’s National Bike Week

Bike Week is a celebration and promotion of the benefits of cycling. This year, Bike Week will kick off on Sunday September 12th and end on Saturday September 18th and is promoted by the National Transport Authority

A variety of events both on the ground and online will be held throughout Ireland. Details of what will be happening in your part of the country over the next week can be found by clicking on Bike Week.

For information on Green-Schools Ireland events please click here.

For information about cycle safety, please visit the Road Safety Authority website.

Bike Reuse

When lookng for a new bike you might try a second hand (reuse a preloved bike). This may allow you buy a higher quality bike for a lower price. Lots of good preloved bikes are sold by individuals at very reasonable prices through varoius websites, social media and classified ads. Some bike shops also sell second hand bikes.

Bikes for Reuse or Recycling

However, and as with most things there can be some drawbacks. You can end up buying a well used bike which needs a lot of work so go see the bike and bring someone along who know a bit about the mechanics . Its also worth noting, there are stolen bikes placed on the reuse market weekly so be mindful of the seller.

If you want to buy a second hand or preloved bike you can try various location in Dublin including your local bike shop or social enterprises like Frontline Bikes or The Rediscovery Centre

Bike Recycling

If you are replacing an old bike it might be fit for reuse or you might just need to recycle it safely. Recycle IT accept all types of pure metal household items including bikes for recycling once they are deemed unfit for reuse by there owners.

There is no charge for recycling kids and adult bikes. They can be dropped off free to Recylce IT in Clondalkin, D22 Monday – Friday between 8.30am and 3.15pm.

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT, is a social enterprise offering electrical, electronic and pure metal recycling. Services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland and with the support of South Dublin County Council.

Recycle IT are part funded through Pobal (Community Service Programme), the Dormant Accounts Fund, Rethink Ireland, and Kickstart. Recycling services are authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Leinster.

For further details about our services call us on 01 4578321, email info@recycleit.ie or visit the Recycle IT website at www.recycleit.ie

Mixed Bikes For Recycling

Second Hand September 2021

Get involved in Second Hand September?

Its time to pledge to buy only second hand for 30 days or more. When you buy and donate second hand clothes with Oxfam Ireland you give items a longer life, help to slow down fast fashion and protect our planet and its people.

Launched by Oxfam Ireland, Second Hand September is all about embracing charity shops and pausing your spend in buy new-fashion stores or online during September and after!

Secondhand September – Shop Photo – Oxfam

Why Second Hand?

We can agree second-hand shopping can be great for following new trends, gaining an individual look or finding something special for an occasion without adding to the tonnes of fashion items already in use.

Some argue, fast-fashion is a good option to have availalbe, because of price, accessibility, and choice but it’s not always best for the environment because of the large quantities of nature resources like water used in production and the quick disposal of clothes after purchase.

People are starting to see just how much pressure throwaway fashion is putting on our environmnet, planet and people, and how unsustainable it is. Some are starting to take action, and you can too!

Set yourself a personal challenge, and join us for Second Hand September as we say yes to pre-loved clothes by giving them a second lease of life! 

What Next!

Oxfam have 47 shops across the island of Ireland all of which sell high-quality pre-loved clothes, accessories, handbags and shoes, and you can find even more items up for grabs on Fashion Relief TV, our interactive (always on!) shopping channel with Broadcaster Lorraine Keane.

Secondhand September – Clothes Photo – Oxfam

The store teams of nearly 1,000 staff and volunteers are ready to help you start (or continue!) your journey to more sustainable fashion choices during September 2021 and as your fashion needs change!

Once you have dropped into your local Oxfam shop, purchase a piece from the store, share it on your IG or Tiktok, or any social platforms using #SecondHandSeptember and tagging us @oxfamireland. Don’t forget to tag a friend to get involved. You can click here to visit the website.

The team in Recycle IT support Oxfam and are happy to share this worthwhile and valuable initiave

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Recycle IT is an award-winning not for profit social enterprise providing collection and drop off services for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) Services are offered to homes, schools, charities, and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas. Our teams collect and help recycle a range of WEEE which includes thousands of computers, cables, monitors, microwaves, TV’s and much more.

Recycle IT services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT are supported by Pobal, Dorment Accounts, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Leinster.

Recycle IT Hybrid Collection Van

Dublin – The Big Clean-Up!

Dublin’s Biggest Clean-up Event

Did you know that in 2019 across Dublin, 1,500 volunteers got involved with 180 clean-ups were organised in different l ocations in just one weekend! Great effort and well done to all involved. Last year due to Covid 19 it was hard to run events by 2021 again offers opportunity!

We are delighted to share the news that a joint clean up initiative will take place again in 2021. It will operate across Dublin from the 11th to the 19th of September and Dublin Community Clean Up will be proudly supported by the four local authorities in Dublin.

Dublin Community Clean -Up 2021

Building on great achievement of 2019, the Dublin Community Clean-Up is now extended to the whole week and the four local authoritues are asking again all volunteers around #Dublin to join forces and organise clean-ups around the cities, to make this the biggest clean-up event ever!

Why not get your family and friends to be a part of the action? You can start your very own clean-up in your community, or take a look at our map and join an existing one.

Registrations are now open for the #dublincommunitycleanup 2021.

For more information on how to organise a clean-up or join an existing clean-up in your local area just visit www.dublincommunitycleanup.ie.

Don’t forget to join the conversation on social media at #dublincommunitycleanup.

World Cleanup Day 2021

During the same week, groups of people in countries across the world take part in World Cleanup Day. This year on Sept 18th 2021 volunteers and partners worldwide will come together safely, depsite ongoing restrictions related to Covid-19, to rid our planet of rubbish and waste – cleaning up litter and mismanaged waste from our beaches, rivers, forests, and streets.

World Cleanup Day harnesses the power of people around the world to achieve incredible things by joining together.

Its success lies in cooperation and collaboration: building bridges between different communities, and including all levels of society – from citizens to business, to local and national government.

World Cleanup Day Poster

All types of environmental and community heroes get together to address cleanup challenges. Since 2018, World Cleanup Day has brought together millions of people for the biggest waste collection day in human history.

In 2018, 17.6 million people volunteered and in 2019, 21.2 million environment people joined in on an epic 36-hour green wave of cleanups across the globe – beginning in New Zealand and traveling around the world before ending in Hawaii.

Why not commit to a clean-up in your area. Individuals and organisations in Ireland can sign up here for World Cleanup Day 2021. To lean more about the day click here.

Click – About World Cleanup Day

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT is an award-winning not for profit social enterprise providing collection and drop off services for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Services are offered to homes, schools, charities, and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas. Our teams collect and help recycle a range of WEEE which includes thousands of computers, cables, monitors, microwaves, TV’s and much more.

Recycle IT services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT are supported by Pobal, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Leinster.

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Event sharing!

How to Save Your Planet One Object at a Time

Environmental scientist Dr. Tara Shine will guide you from room to room and occasion to occasion offering helpful environmental friendly solutions that will improve your life and benefit our planet.

This online webinar will be delivered by Dr. Shine. It will help you to make achievable, affordable and genuinely effective desicions and changes in your every day life and the life of our planet.

The webinar will include live Q&A with panel members and may use live polls to gather audience opinion.

A limited number of books ‘How to save your Planet one object at a time’ signed by Dr. Shine will be given to some audience members.

Sometimes it can feel overwhelming thinking about all that needs to be done to save our planet.

This book is the antidote to that feeling. Easy to read and easy to do – here’s all the information and inspiration you need to make a difference, simply by making smart choices about everyday objects, tasks and habits. 

Dr Tara Shine

Learn more about Dr. Tara Shine at www.tarashine.com

You can click here to register your attendance for the event at 7pm on Thursday Sept 16th 2021.

This event is run inconjunction with Dublin Climate Action Week 2021.

Visit Dublin Climate Action Week website for more information on further events taking place across the Dublin region.

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Recycle IT is an award-winning not for profit social enterprise providing collection and drop off services for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) Services are offered to homes, schools, charities, and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas. Our teams collect and help recycle a range of WEEE which includes thousands of computers, cables, monitors, microwaves, TV’s and much more.

Recycle IT services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT are supported by Pobal, Dorment Accounts, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Leinster.

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