Environmental Health Friendly Cycling and Bike Recycling

The bike is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally sustainable means of transportation, fostering environmental stewardship and health. With this in mind the United Nations General Assembly decided to deadicate the 3rd of June as World Bicycle Day – What a great vision Added to World Environment Day on June 5th and were on a real winner!

These days encourage awareness and action on health, wellbeing and the protection of our environment. World Environment Day is the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of the Earth. Recycle IT believe these two “UN” days can work in harmony!

Park Cycling
Family Park Cycling

World Bicycle Day aims to emphasize and advance the use of the bicycle as a means of fostering sustainable development, strengthening education, including physical education, for children and young people, promoting health, preventing disease, promoting tolerance, mutual understanding and respect and facilitating social inclusion and a culture of peace. All these aims can really be achieved using a bike while aslo helping us travel without creating carbon miles.

Celebrate the bicycle

Initiatives promote cycling at both national and local levels can help build physical and mental health and well-being and develop a sustainalbe and environmentally freindly culture of cycling in society.

Dublin Bikes
Reuse Dublin Bikes

National Bike Week

Bike Week in Ireland is a celebration and promotion of all that’s great about bikes and cycling. Held in June of each year bike themed events are organised by Irish local authorities, community groups and cycling groups throughout Ireland  You can learn more about and maybe take part next year by visiting bikeweek.ie

Here are 8 reasons to celebrate the bike (some encouragement)

  1. The bicycle is a simple, affordable, reliable and clean way to get about.
  2. The bike is environmentally friendly and is a sustainable means of transportation;
  3. The bicycle can serve as a tool for social, community and economic development
  4. Cycling can help people access education, health care and sporting activities.
  5. The union between the bicycle and the user creates and immediate awareness of the local environment you are cycling through.
  6. Using a bike saves time, reduces traffic and helps you arrive on time.
  7. The bike has a positive impact on climate with fewer carbon emissions.
  8. Biking can help grow your social circles, real friends and enjoyment of life.

Encourage Cycling and Environmental Awareness.

Recycle IT want to encourage as many people as possible to read and share this blog post. Then throughout the symmer weeks months take the bike out and bring friends and family along to discover you local environment.

As the summer sun shines there is no better time to get on the bike and grow your awareness of the local area. This can happen in the full knowledge that you are improving your health and reducing environmental harm.

Cycling in Dublin City
Cycling in Dublin City

Recycle IT and Bike Recycling

Recycle IT are happy to accept old bikes for free recycling. Just drop your old bike off with us Monday to Friday in Clondalkin. We also accept bikes from communities all over Dublin as part of our free door to door community collection service.

Reuse

Members of the Recycle IT team not only recycle bikes but cycle regularly. Where possible we reuse and recycle bikes and bike parts.  At the time of writing this post we have a staff member waiting to get a bike frame and parts for reuse and another who just rebuild a bike from recycled parts. Once on the road the these bikes will enable easy, affordable and environmentally friendly travel into work. Recycle IT also work with a preloved bike seller based in the area to share bike frames and parts so bikes can be rebuilt and sold at affordable prices.

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT, are a social enterprise offering electrical, electronic and metal recycling. 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 Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.

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

 

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Light up Christmas – Green the Lights

Some Facts on Christmas Lights!

Over many generations and into the 20th century candles of all shapes and sizes were the preferred Christmas lights across Ireland. The dangers of mixing flickering flames with drying needles from real Christmas trees was accepted in order to make homes and communities brighter places for a few days in December each year!

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Lighting Up Christmas – Reduce – Reuse – Recycle – Recycle IT 

The earliest manufactured Christmas lights were made of blown glass or porcelain and appeared on Christmas trees in the homes of wealthy people in the 1800’s. In the early 1900’s, it was fashionable to buy hand-painted bulbs shaped like animals and flowers.

As you can imagine the general public  at first didn’t trust electric lights as a safe alternative to candles, but that changed after  US President, Grover Cleveland erected the first Christmas tree with electrical lights in 1895. With more than 100 multicolored bulbs, the brightly colored tree got the attention of people across the USA, and illuminated Christmas trees soon became the rage all over the world, —if you could afford one!

Changes

This year lots of families in cities, towns and communities across Ireland will be switching on new Christmas light. Today most of these light will be LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights which means traditional lights are no longer favoured.

 

Christmas Bulbs - Recycle IT
Older Christmas Bulbs – Recycle IT
DIY Lights

We suggested finding a new use for your old lights so why not start today.  You will find some awesome DIY ideas for reusing / recycling old light and bulbs at www.brit.co   The team at brit have listed lots tips with pictures which demonstrates what can be achieved. Whether you’plan to turn light bulbs into small vases or cover it with glitter to masquerade as a festive pear, these versatile pieces of glass can be reused anywhere.

Christmas lights can be reused at other times of year.  You and your kids can make some of the lights covers in the shape of Valentine Hearts, Easter Bunnies or Halloween Pumpkins and you have colorful decorations for many different celebrates or festivals

New Lights

Today LED lighting offers many benefits and features that were difficult,  if not impossible, to offer with old lighting used over many generations. These benefits, include enhancing operating energy leading to cost reductions, longer life and lower overall heat generation. Others benefits include appearance productivity and reduce temperatures produced by LEDs. You can read more below!

  1. Most LED lights cost only little more than traditional Christmas lights and glow brighter.
  2. By changing to LED lights you will save on electricity during the festive season.
  3. A longer life span means lower carbon emissions. LED Lights last up to six times longer than other types of lights, reducing the requirement for frequent replacements.
  4. Strings of LED light can be much longer than traditional lights
  5. New LED lights generally stay cooler which is deemed safer.
  6. LED lights now create the glow of incandescent light or traditional fairy lights so you can relive memories of years ago.
  7. LED lights contain no toxic elements therefore they help to protect the environment and reduce toxic waste created by traditional Christmas lights.
  8. 95% of the energy in LED lights is converted into lighting with only 5% wasted as heat.
Reused and Recycled Lights
Reused and Recycled Lights

Before you buy lights this festive season, it’s important to compare your options and find out the type of lighting works best for you and your home. Whether it’s incandescent lighting or LEDs you choose. Remember LEDs can save you money and reduce energy consumption which is a positive for the pocket and the environment.

Recycling Lights

Whether its old indoor, outdoor, colored or white lights, you should try to reuse or recycle. Old lights and other unused Christmas illuminations should not left sitting in boxes in the store, shed or garage. They’ll usually never shine again once replaced by newer alternatives. In reality unused items creates unnecessary clutter which will need to cleared in the future.

If you do decide to recycle your old lights please do so in an environmentally friendly way. Recycle IT are happy to collect old lights and other electrical or electronic items or you can drop them off with our recycling team. You can also drop them at your local recycling or bring centre. 

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT is a not for profit social enterprise providing a collection and drop off service for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). During 2015 Recycle IT offered drop off and collection services to 100,000 homes and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of computers, cables, monitors, microwaves and TV’s.

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

Visit our website for further details.

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Recycle IT are Recoginsed as Age Friendly

 

Managing Festive Clutter – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce stress this Festive Season

Nights out, work deadlines, parties, family engagements and lots of other competing responsibilities can cause lots of stress in our daily lives around the festive season. The build up of clutter around your home is another cause of stress. Research shows that clutter can be a hidden stress factor both at home and work. One of the biggest offender is electrical clutter as we are buying new gadgets all the time.

Our aim is simple, reduce reuse or recycle your excess stuff in order to reduce stress and increase spare time. No more moving old and once useful stuff from one location to another therefore more time for you and your family.

Research by Lloyd’s TSB suggests homes are now packed to the roof with clutter. The most cluttered room in the house is the main bedroom, followed by spare bedrooms with generation x aged between 35 and 44 hoarding the most. Why is this?

Reduce Clutter - Recycle Cables with Recycle IT
Reduce Clutter – Recycle Cables with Recycle IT

In Ireland a 2015 study found that on average two in five Irish adults (38%) consider themselves to be hoarders, meaning more clutter (Source: Empathy Research)  Further research commissioned by NESTA outlined 58% of respondents found it hard to get rid of their possessions.

The National Association of Professional Organizations shows there is a direct correlation between productivity and clutter. Productivity declines when clutter and chaos rise. Piles of paper, unorganised kitchen space or play rooms, old receipts, bills and paperwork stuffed in boxes or drawers will take over your home over a period of time.

Reduce clutter

Clutter is anything we have gathered or collected but have not yet processed or dealt with. Examples include unread books, old electronic equipment, files which have not been filed properly; clothes thrown on the floor, stuff that you no longer need, want or use but you still possess. Remember, clutter is not usually confined to one area can be spread across you home.

Floor Plan

What to do?

Before anything else, make a simple plan with specific and simple goals that will reduce your frustration and stress.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you start de-cluttering your home:

  • Make a map or plan of all the rooms and areas with clutter  you want to tackle.
  • Give each space a grade based on the severity of the clutter. For example, on a scale of 1 – 5 (5 being the most cluttered), a particularly messy room or garage area would get a 5. This will help you prioritise your time.
  • Do one room at a time.
  • Set finish dates for each area of your clean-up. Be sure to pick dates that are real so you don’t get annoyed.
  • Plan time to work on specific areas which may take longer like a garden shed or attic.
  • Plan for days you might need help with lifting on moving items.

As you go through the rooms in your house, you will need a system for sorting the items you find. You can create your own method, or you can use boxes as a route to sorting clutter. This method forces you to make a decision item by item, so you don’t end up with a bigger mess than the one you started with.

So find three or four large boxes or storage bins (any type). Label each of them up as follows, 1. Keep, 2. Remove  3. Store. These solution applies to the all physical space you spend your time in on a day-to-day basis: your home, workspace and the car.

Declutter with Boxes
Declutter with Boxes

Once the stuff is in boxes you can decide what you want to do with the items for removal. We have a list of some solutions of which might work for you.

10  things which work! 

  1. Sell stuff online, e.g. Ebay, Done Deal or Adverts.
  2. Repurpose old stuff with some DIY and help from friends.
  3. Donate to charity or community organisations.
  4. Use items or ask someone else if they can use the items.
  5. Gift your items to friends or colleague with an interest in them.
  6. Share items free for reuse. Go online or find an exchange network.
  7. Don’t hold onto items once they have made the box.
  8. Recycle all old electrical, electronic and battery operated items.
  9. Moving forward, recycle stuff immediately when used or end of life.
  10. Recycle one day at a time and don’t let the clutter start again.

If you have not used, needed or loved an item in a year or more you most likely don’t need it so let go, recycle it.  If you have worn out or broken items that you haven’t fixed, recycle all.

If you feel guilty at throwing an item away, consider gifting or donating ( based on the condition). This can boost your energy and self-esteem, in addition to getting rid of your clutter.

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT is an award-winning not for profit social enterprise providing a collection and drop off service for all types of waste electrical, electronic and metal items. During 2016 Recycle IT offered drop off and collection services to 100,000 homes and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of computers, cables, monitors, microwaves and TV’s.

The Recycle IT electrical community collection service is 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 Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.

Recognised as Age Friendly

RECYCLE IT – RECOGNISED AS ‘AGE FRIENDLY’

Recycle IT were delighted to be awarded an Age Friendly Business Charter in recognition of efforts to support older people in communities all over Dublin with electrical recycling collection and drop off services. Recycle IT are proud of the team’s work in achieving recognition and in also getting shortlisted for an Age Friendly Ireland Business Award.

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Age Friendly Ireland

Recycle IT, a social enterprise is honored to be the first Dublin based Community Electrical Recycler to be recognised in this way.  The team views the programme as an opportunity to learn more and offer an ever improving service to older people and all customers.

Una Lavelle, Recycle General Manager, said:

“We want to ensure our services meet the needs of everyone including older people.  By signing the Age Friendly Business Charter, we are showing our commitment to providing services that are customer focused and accessible”.

Elaine McGauran Age Friendly Ireland said:

“We are delighted to announce Recycle IT has been designated as ‘age friendly’ by Age Friendly Ireland. The Age Friendly Business Programme is a nationwide initiative with the aim of facilitating local businesses tap into an existing and growing market segment that accounts for 50% of consumer spending, the older customer. The programme seeks to recognise the efforts and improvements made by local businesses to provide more age friendly services”.

Elaine McGauran Age Friendly Ireland and Una Lavelle, Recycle IT General Manager
Elaine McGauran Age Friendly Ireland and Una Lavelle, Recycle IT General Manager

In initially working to implement an Age Friendly Charter, Recycle IT addressed three main areas

  1. Customer Care – two staff members agreed to become champions to ensure older people experience a friendly and helpful service which address individual needs.
  2. Communication – information on our services is straightforward and our team can be contacted easily.
  3. Accessibility and signage – clear building and van signage and appropriate size text used on our website.

As a result of taking part in the programme, real service enhancements have been made and welcomed by members of the communities we service.  These include a dedicated collection team telephone number, clearly recognisable collection vehicles, staff identity badges and building signage. Further enhancements are planned.

The Age Friendly Achievement Award Ceremony happened on Tuesday 24th May 2016 in Fitzpatrick’s Killiney Castle Hotel, Dublin with the Recycle IT team receiving recognition on the night for their efforts in supporting older people in communities across Dublin with recycling services which address individual needs.

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Awards Night – Recycle IT team with Councilor Barry Saul

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT is the only Community Electronic Recycling Social Enterprise in Dublin providing a neighbourhood collection and drop off service for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

Age Friendly Champions Mark Graham and George Willis
Recycle IT – Age Friendly Champions Mark Graham and George Willis

During 2015 Recycle IT offered collection services to 100,000 homes and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE including over 7000 monitors and TV’s.  Our services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland and with the cooperation of South Dublin County Council. We are authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and South Dublin County Council.

For further information, Tel: 01 4578321, email: info@recycleit.ie or visit our website www.recycleit.ie

Recycle IT @ Bealtaine Festival 2016

National Celebration of Creativity as we Age

This festival is Ireland’s national celebration of creativity as we age. During May 2016 all over the Ireland Bealtaine events are running in clubs, community centres, theatres, libraries, galleries, arts centres, local halls, care setting, cultural spaces and at outdoors locations! so why don’t you, your family and friends make a special effort and attend an event or two. After all 2016 is a special year, the Bealtaine Festival as it is celebrating its 21st birthday.

 Bealtaine Festival 2016
South Dublin – Bealtaine Festival 2016

Bealtaine Festival organisers expect over 120,000 people to take part in Bealtaine events across Ireland during the month. Planned activities range from dance to cinema, painting to theatre and much more. These events showcase the talents and creativity of both first-time and professional older artists.

It is a chance for people to make new and challenging work, a chance to communicate traditions between the generations. It is a chance for the novice to discover a talent until then unseen and a chance for a long-dormant skill to find a new outlet. Its a chance to volunteer or help your community do something new.

Launch Event

Recycle IT were invited to the South Dublin County Council launch event on May 4th 2016 in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel. We arrived with our stand and shared information on community recycling with over 100 people attending. We shared lots of WEEE Ireland battery boxes and Recycle IT cards providing information on our electrical recycling collection service. People attending were from all over Dublin including Tallaght and Clondalkin and we were delighted to speak and offer details on our community electrical collection or drop off service which aims to be age friendly and inclusive.

We want to say thanks to Social Inclusion Unit of South Dublin County Council for inviting us along and making us feel very welcome.

Una Lavelle, Recycle IT and Maria FInn South Dublin County Council
Una Lavelle, Recycle IT and Maria FInn. South Dublin County Council

About Bealtaine

Bealtaine is an Age & Opportunity initiative part-funded by the Arts Council and delivered by hundreds of organisations around the country. Dublin City Council is an investment partner. To view the Bealtaine Festival programme of events for Dublin please click here or to download the South Dublin Age Friendly County Newsletter here

Una Lavelle Recycle IT and Councillor Sarah Holland
Una Lavelle Recycle IT and Councillor Sarah Holland, Mayor of South Dublin

Bealtaine Festival Vintage Electrical Display

Recycle IT  have a vintage electrical display in Tallaght Library to celebrate Bealtaine Festival. The display is assembled from everyday household items which have been collected over the years. Please go along with your kids and have a look over the coming weeks and up to the end of May 2016. It really is a blast for the past!

If you have any questions about recycling electrical items using our collection or drop off services please call our team on 01 45789321 or email us

14 Green Tips for 2016

2016 green greetings

The end of 2015, no doubt has created endless or what seems like endless waste. From wrapping paper, cards, food waste, electronic packaging, waste batteries and of course damaged lights and the Christmas tree.

Speaking of trees, did you know, one tree is needed to make about 3,000 cards. We didn’t, but we do know most greeting cards end up in the bins, so please make sure it’s the paper recycling bin!

Recycled IT Christmas Lights
Recycled IT Christmas Lights

In 2013 Repak suggested that over the Christmas period, Irish households would consume over 5 million boxes of chocolates, 22 million bottles of wine and drink more than 48 million bottles of beer. What will the figure be this year as people have a bit more to spend? We bet it will be higher and therefore more waste and recycling will be generated as a result.

We have 14 tips to help start staying green in 2016 

  1. Buy LED  lights in the post Christmas sales (save energy next year)
  2. Have rechargeable batteries on hand to use for those gadgets and toys.
  3. Think reusable around the house including cooking trays and dishware.
  4. Deliver all 2016 presents in eco-friendly or recycled wrapping paper.
  5. Send e- cards around the world all year round.
  6. Make a conscious effort to reduce junk mail e.g. clothes and toy catalogs.
  7. Recycle old electronics such as laptops computers, tablets, mobile phones and cables.
  8. Take reusable bags shopping.
  9. Save and reuse wine and gift bags.
  10. Practice “pre-cycling” by taking recycling or reuse into consideration when you buy. e.g. buy refills or gifts with only a little packaging.
  11. Metal tins can be reused or recycled.
  12. Fruit and veg peelings make a great ingredient for the composting bin.
  13. Unplug all electrical appliances when your finish using to save energy.
  14. Take your real Christmas tree for recycling.
Recycling Christmas Trees
Recycling Christmas Trees

In Dublin there are Christmas Tree recycling services for residents in most areas so there is no need to put the tree in the bin or on the kerbside to waste away!

Remember to recycle all you can this Year and if you have electrical or electronic items please call Recycle IT on 014578321 and we will happily arrange a collection.

Happy 2016

Recycling helps with Climate Change

Learn what you can do!

Recycling allows materials to be reused, re-purposed or recycled again and again.  This helps in conserving wildlife habitats, avoid pollution and save energy.

Waste sent to landfill sites costs Irish tax payers millions of euros every year, much of which could be saved by recycling.  It also produces emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas contributing to climate change and after recent weather events we can all see the effects of the change first hand.

Climate Change is Here
Climate Change is Here

Meeting emissions target is going to be very tough for Ireland. In 2012 the EPA estimated Ireland will exceed its allocated limit by 2017. Ireland’s apparent inability to meet its obligations for emissions reduction is due to our transport and agriculture sectors but immediate help is available simply by recycling items around your house, school, warehouse, store or office.

In Dublin, the local authorities work in partnership with Recycle IT to offer kerbside collection of electrical and electronic waste from householder and business. This is usually an annual service across suburbs in Dublin and helps you dispose of large and small electrical appliances.

The collections are held on a specific week for each suburb. You will be notified of your collection week with a flyer delivered to your property up to one week before the collection starts in your suburb.

Electrical Waste Collections by Recycle IT
Electrical Waste Collections by Recycle IT

You can also receive free reminders before your kerbside collection by contacting us via our website request a collection service or register on our blog page for free to keep up to date with all news and events.

You can also ensure the item you have are accepted as part of collection service by emailing us directly.

Some guidelines

When putting out items for collection remember:

  • to keep the piles tidy inside you garden, or on the kerb so the footpath or roadway is kept clear
  • If you think an unofficial collection are taking place, call us and we will arrange a collection from your door
  • move items to the ground floor to allow for speedy collection
  • let us know if items cant’t be easily and safely lifted by two people, we can help
  • notify us advance if items need to move out from your home
  • do not leave sharp or dangerous objects
  • items should be secured if severe weather is expected

Recycle IT are collecting in Ballyfermot, Dublin 10 starting early New Year 2016. Give us a call on 01 4578321 from Monday January 4th to learn more about when we will visit your street or estate to collect any unwanted electrical items and remember you are helping the environment by simply recycling.

To find out about other items which might be suitable for reuse, re-purposing or recycling please click here.