Delivering a Service Model for Bulky Item Reuse

Project Overview

It is estimated that 1.2 million potentially reusable bulky items are thrown out every year. Reusing these items instead of recycling or disposing of them would save a significant amount of money, carbon emissions and natural resources. 

While interest in reuse is increasing in some areas, State involvement in reuse or recycling of bulky items remains at a low level. Through this project, CRNI would like to design value propositions and a viable business model that will encourage State agencies (and eventually other private organisations) to donate unwanted bulky items for reuse or community recycling, where reuse is not possible.  

This research project is funded by the EPA under the Green Enterprise programme and will run from July 2018 to October 2019.

Expected Outcomes

The project outcomes will include:

  • quantification of potential for engagement with a reuse platform and potential barriers / services required
  • identification of most viable model facilitating a way forward – either through establishing or expanding a reuse platform  – to engage public sector stakeholders

The opportunities identified in the business model(s) will aim to overcome common barriers facing these services, which may include short turnaround times, costs and any specific service expectations.

If successful, it would represent an important opportunity to stimulate an uptake of reuse activities / opportunities by different State agencies and potentially other private organisations. 

Findings to date

To date, all of the background research has been completed and a very broad range of stakeholders contacted. Initial models have also been developed, and tested at three workshops in Cork, Dublin and Sligo.

In July CRNI circulated a survey to procurement and facilities managers to help quantify the workshop findings. If this is of interest to you, we would be very grateful for your time to complete the survey (approximately 15 minutes) here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/VQV5WVL 

Contact Us:

If you are interested in finding out more about this project, or wish to become involved, please get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

Contact Claire Downey via email: [email protected] or phone 087 173 5184

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