32 Reduce, Reuse Repurpose and Recycling Tips

Go Green for Life

Recycling is an easy way to protect our environment and climate while ensures the wellbeing of our community for the next generation. However, the success of recycling depends on the active participation of every member of the community including kids of all ages.

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Recycle IT – Eco Friendly Electrical Recycling.

By everyone doing a little, we all can reduce the amount of waste that is deposited in the landfill or incinerated. Thinking about the reuse of materials made from recycled materials helps maintain the recycling circle and its part in the circular  economy.

We have listed 32 recycling tips – You might adapt some!
  1. Use both sides of the page when writing or drawing
  2. Give your kids or local schools part used printed paper for drawing
  3. Bring your food to school or work using a reusable tubs
  4. Rent or hire school books and supplies (reuse)
  5. Hire gardening tools that you only use occasionally
  6. Make a bird feeder by reusing a medium size plastic bottle 
  7. Opt for low-energy light bulbs
  8. Give your unwanted clothes a second life
  9. Reuse and repair as much as possible – shoes, clothes etc.
  10. Offer seasonal kids costumes to clothes to others as your kids grow!  
  11. Choose to buy bars of soap
  12. Choose long life or durable products e.g. reusable razors or ink pens
  13. Use rechargeable batteries in home appliances
  14. Avoid unnecessary purchasing of occasion products, e.g. Christmas, Easter
  15. Offer gifts, such as tickets for a show, sports event or concert leading to reduce material content
  16. Choose eco-friendly products – read the labels
  17. Buys product with less packaging
  18. Buy regularly use products in bulk, e.g. canned and jarred products.
  19. Reuse shopping bags
  20. Use refillable products e.g. coffee, loss tea
  21. Drink tap water
  22. Prepared food at home for picnics while reusing flasks, tubs, knives, forks, and reusable carry bags
  23. Choose fresh food rather than processed food, healthier and less packaging
  24. Bake cakes and muffins instead of buying! 
  25. Limited home and office printing, share files over email or file sharing tools e.g. Dropbox
  26. Recycle ink cartridges – where you purchased your ink! 
  27. Bring a mug and glass to work to refill coffee, tea or water during the working day
  28. Approach office supply companies about purchasing used office equipment
  29. Cycle to work or college rather than taking the bus or car
  30. Car share where distances are longer and where public transport is not accessible.
  31. Take your uneaten food home from restaurants in a doggy bag.
  32. Composite garden cuttings to create a natural fertilizer

The 4 Rs

In Ireland and across Europe, the focus on the 3 R’s has increased over recent years As recovery of resources through, reduce, reuse, repurposing and recycling has increased it has become increasingly important for consumers to take ownership and steps themselves to ensure products purchases can be reused, repurposed or recycled using accessible and economically sustainable solutions.

Recycle IT Sample Garden Planter
Reused Tumble Dryer Drum

Recycle IT – What we are doing?

As we recover from COVID 19 and vaccines are offered Recycle IT hope to again offer community WEEE recycling services directly to people’s homes. Prior to the pandemic we delivered over 2000 leaflet a week promoting our free community collection service and would plan to do so again!

A few days later our teams would visit the area and provide a curbside collection. We encourage people to take advantage of this free and accessible collection service once available. We do offer offer and safely managed services to business, community groups and schools and colleges so rest assured we have a service to match your needs.

By recycling your waste electrical and electronic equipment you help the environment and our organisation create training and employment opportunities which otherwise would not exist .

If you have questions or would like to arrange a personal collection from your home or business, please call 01 4578321 or email: info@recycleit.ie.  You can also visit our website to learn more about our work and our recent awards.

Recycle IT – Truck

Climate Change – What to do?

Learn what you can do!

Recycling allows materials to be reused, re-purposed or recycled again and again.  This helps in conserving wildlife habitats, avoids further pollution and saves energy. Recycling safely alongside other small simple changes in your life can really make a difference to climate change.

Waste sent to landfill sites costs Irish taxpayers millions of euros every year, much of which could be saved by recovery, reuse or recycling. Waste produces emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas contributing to climate change and after a number of years with severe weather events we can all see the effects of the climate 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 by simply taking one less trip, using a bike, going for a walk locally and by reducing reusing and recycling items around your house, school, warehouse, store or office.

The United Nations reported less than 20% of e-waste (electric or electronic waste) is formally recycled, with 80% either ending up in landfill or being informally recycled – much of it by hand in developing countries, exposing workers to hazardous and carcinogenic substances such as mercury, lead and cadmium. E-waste in landfill contaminates soil and groundwater, putting food supply systems and water sources at risk.

These type of activities and the negative effects are not unique to developing countries and can happen in Ireland if your items are disposed off incorrectly. Sometimes free “junk” collectors can be too good to be real!

Routes to ease Climate Change in 21

Below you will find 12 tips to help reduce the impacts of climate change, tips such as:

1: Switch to a renewable energy supplier in 2021.

2: Replace old kitchen appliances with energy efficient electrical appliances and recycle safely.

3: Use cleaner, greener light bulbs.

4: Unplug devices for climate, safety and money reasons.

5: Think about the way you travel and how often.

6: Insulate your home.

7: Plant a tree or two.

8: Grow your own fruit and veg.

9: Separate household waste.

10: Make and use your own compost bin.

11: Holiday in Ireland.

12: Cycle and include the family.

13: Recycle old paint cans at a recycling centre.

14: Don’t fill the kettle to make a cup of coffee or tea.

Recycling WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment).

If your in Ireland and have electrical, electronic, battery or lighting waste, you can Recycle IT free at authorised collection points. Use the interactive map to find your nearest local recycling centre, public collection day, electrical retailer and bulb exchange store. Even waste portable batteries can be recycled at your local newsagent.

In Dublin, the local authorities in South Dublin, Dublin City and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown work with Recycle IT to help offer residents collections for electrical and electronic waste as well as pure metal items. This annual service offered across suburbs in Dublin and helps householders dispose of large and small electrical appliances, IT equipment, small house gadgets and powered toys.

Recycle IT help thousands of householders and apartment dwellers yearly with their electrical recycling by providing an authorized, awarding winning, free or cost effective WEEE recycling collections.

The collections are held on week days with residents associations leading the way. Your local residents groups after making arrangements will notified you of your collection day with a flyer delivered to your property or by a text / whatsapp message up to 3 to 4 days before the collection happens in your estate.

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Waste – Damaged and Broken Equipment

What’s accepted

Recycle IT accept old, damaged or unused electrical, electronic or pure metal items and all can be collected at the same time using our pre booked residents collection events or via personal recycling collections. Bikes, cookers, ovens, computers, phones, cables, exercise equipment, tools etc. Click here for full PDF lists

Just ask you local residents group to contact us and we can arrange a free collection from the homes in your estate or area. These collections are operated in association with WEEE Ireland.

Some guidelines

When putting items out for collection remember:

  • Keep the old items 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 cannot be easily and safely lifted by two people.
  • Notify us advance if you have a request.
  • Do not leave sharp or dangerous objects with your electrical or pure metal items
  • Items should be secured if severe weather is expected
Old Metal Gates

What next?

Recycle IT are asking resident groups or tidy town groups to contact us in New Year. Give us a call on 01 4578321 to help declutter homes safely and reduce environment harm simply by recycling in an authorised way.

In the Interest of health safely and wellbeing please note – All items need to be accessible, disconnected and ready for collection. We will be following social distancing guidelines. We are happy to collect the item/s from a drive or garden / outside area / accessible & clear external location. Please remain mindful of social distancing and hand hygiene guidelines when recycling.

About Recycle IT 

Recycle IT, is a social enterprise offering electrical, electronic and metal recycling services through drop off and collection. Services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland and South Dublin County Council. Recycle IT are supported by Pobal and Dormant Accounts and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Leinster.

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

For more information on Recycle IT please call 01 4578321, email info@recycleit.ie or visit our website www.recycleit.ie

Growing a tree in a pot

2021 School Recycling Collections….are back

Free Collection Service

Schools, colleges, and training organisations located in Dublin and surrounding areas now have the opportunity to recycle old and once valued electrical, electronic and pure metal equipment. If you need to declutter and create space recycling safely can really help.

Mixed WEEE – Stored for Recycling

The service is offered free and is dedicated to reducing large amounts of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) which accumulates in classrooms, canteens, stores, and labs over time.

Recycle IT, is a community based social enterprise, offering a simple and efficient route to recycle disused electrical and electronic items. After collection, items are broken down and recovered materials are processed for use in the manufacture of a new product. Your recycling helps sustain our organization and create employment and training opportunities.

The free collection service helps safely divert e-waste from landfill and makes use of old items that may have been thrown away. The types of items usually collected include computers, kitchen equipment, phone systems, mobile phones, laptops, tablets, monitors, projectors, printers, battery-operated toys, televisions, and radios. Please click here for a full list 

School Printers - Recycle IT
School Printers – Recycle IT

Schools, Community and Fundraising 

Our school’s collection service is organised as part of our free community collection service. We also support WEEE Ireland with collections of batteries from schools around Dublin which in turn supports the work of LauraLynn Children’s Hospice.

During the last 18 months, we worked with hundreds of schools, colleges, and training organizations all over Dublin and saw an overall increase in electrical equipment collected for recycling with a similar trend in 2021.

After a period away from work due to COVID-19 restrictions we are back collecting. We have again updated our health and safety policies and a small number of our team have returned to work to help operate our recycling collection services. We are now in a position to help your school safely recycle all types of electrical, electronic and pure metal equipment so do email us.

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Register an interest

Schools, colleges, and trainers of all types in Dublin and surrounding area are welcome to register an interest, simply complete a registration form by clicking here or call our team on 01 4578321 Monday – Friday. Once you call or email we can help you plan and schedule your e-waste collection.

For more information about Recycle IT please click here.

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT is an award-winning, not for profit, social enterprise established to create employment and promote environmental awareness through recycling and reuse. We work in partnership with WEEE Ireland and are authorized by your local authority to provide electrical, electronic and pure metal recycling collections across Dublin since 2007. Recycle IT are fully compliant for WEEE Recycling with permit details available here.

CSR Commended - Recycle IT
Recycle IT – Commended for Corporate Social Responsibility

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

Team Dublin Clean Up 2016

Dublin City Clean Up – Join the team!

Spring is on it way and so is Easter and to ensure our capital city looks great, the biggest community clean up event ever undertaken in Dublin City is taking shape. Dublin City Council are aiming to invite up to 10,000 volunteers to take part in clean up events across all areas of Dublin City for 2 hours on Easter Saturday, 26th March 2016.

Recycle IT Supporting Team Dublin Cleanup
Recycle IT Supporting Team Dublin Cleanup

The Team Dublin Clean-Up is based on the many small community clean ups and adopt the Street schemes across the City and inspired by the success of a similar Team Limerick Clean-Up Event in 2015.

Get involved 

It is also based on the premise that a clean Dublin is a Dublin to be proud of and is in fact, a shared responsibility of us all so we are  inviting members of the public, businesses etc. to join  the TEAM DUBLIN CLEAN -UP 2016 on Easter Saturday to help us make Dublin a litter free City.

Recycle IT Supporting Team Dublin Cleanup
Recycle IT Supporting Team Dublin Cleanup 2016

Free collection of waste WEEE

If your residents association or community group need to have old or once loved electrical or electronic items and batteries collected in the weeks leading up to Dublin City Clean Up on March 26th please let us know and we can schedule a WEEE collection.  The earlier you book the greater the chance of the Recycle IT Team visiting your area so call 01-4578321 or click here to email our team now!

Please see the Dublin City Council General Information and FAQ’s for more details.  Remember to read our Health and Safety Guidelines before you Register.