FreeTrade Ireland Quicklinks

The Free Trade Ireland quicklinks have been specially chosen to help users find out more about initiatives, programmes and information resources which are currently helping to promote and facilitate material reuse, environmental awareness and sustainability throughout Ireland today.

If you are involved in a project or initiative and would like to be considered in getting added to our lists then please contact us at 

Government based programmes

Many ongoing Government initiatives aimed at raising awareness and promoting the concept of sustainable waste management and reuse are in operation across a multitude of sectors in Ireland since the launch of the National Waste Prevention Programme in 2004.

Such initiatives are managed (to name but a few!) by such groups as the EPA, the Department of the Environment, An Taisce and Fáilte Ireland. For information on these initiatives click here.

For information on waste policy and initiatives supported by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government click here.

Community Reuse Network Ireland  - CRNI

FreeTrade Ireland are a proud member of the Community Reuse Network. The network has been active since 2010.

There are currently 15 active members in the network that meet on a monthly basis to discuss developments in the reuse sector both in in Ireland and internationally.

To find out more about the CRN and to find out about its members please visit

Community based reuse organisatons

As can be seen from the development of the Community Reuse Network there are a large number of reuse organisation operating at a community level across Ireland. Many of these work with a range of materials which include furniture, bicycles, textiles and clothes, electronics & computers and books etc.

Visit the links below to find out more about how some reuse organisations work:

Local Authorities

The Local Authorities of Ireland are constantly updating their information regarding waste prevention, reuse and other areas of resource efficiency.

In Ireland generally each Local Authority has an Environmental Awareness Officer (EAO) who is responsible for implementing and supporting waste prevention, reuse and recycling activities within their area.

To find out about your Local Authority please click here here.

Charity Shops

There is a wide network of charity shops located all over Ireland. For information on shops located in your area visit the Irish Charity Shops Association website.


Repak were established to help businesses meet their legal obligations to fund the recovery and recycling of the packaging on the goods or services they supply. As part of their awareness programme Repak have developed websites to encourage and promote recycling.

An Taisce

An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland was founded as a charity in 1948. Its fundamental objectives are the protection of Ireland’s built and natural environment.

Programmes run by An Taisce include the The Green Schools and the Green Campus Programmes,  and the National Spring Clean Campaign.

To find out more about programmes run by An Taisce please click here

Tidy Towns Competition

TidyTowns is an annual competition organised by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government with the support of the main sponsor SuperValu and many other agencies. First run back in 1958, the competition now attracts on average over 700 entrants per year from all over Ireland.

The competition involves participating areas being rated on all aspects of their local environment, prizes awarded to the best under many different categories with the overall winner crowned as "Ireland's Tidiest Town". For more information on the TidyTowns competition, click here.

European Resource Efficiency

To find out about European waste policy, waste reuse and prevention initiatives in place across Europe visit the European Commission website here and the European Environment Agency website here.

The European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Awards have been developed to promote and reward the efforts of cities which are committed in trying to resolve the environmental challenges facing our society and have made changes and developed innovative ways to tackle these issues. Visit the European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Award website here.

Biodiversity,  Natural Interest & Sustainable Living

To view our links to websites and programmes involved in natural resources and biodiversity click here.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Business in the Community Ireland is  a national non-profit organisation that aims to make all bussineses in Ireland responsible and sustainable. To find out more about Business in the Community Ireland click here

Green IFSC was founded in 2000 and acts as a business directory and green economy hub for Ireland. Find out more here

Reuse Events

National Declutter Day

Ireland’s National Declutter Day was founded by Declutter Therapist Breda Stack. This unique yearly event hopes to create awareness around the many benefits of decluttering, support the donation of unwanted items to charity and encourage the reuse and recycling of unwanted items.

Find out more here.


WeShare is a Gift Economy community group sharing skills, knowledge, stuff & time, in a money-free environment – just for the love of it!

All you need to do is ask for something you need, such as an old sofa, guitar lessons or a lend of a book. If another member can help then they can get in touch. If you have something to offer then you can offer it, and if somebody wants it then they can let you know.

Find out more about WeShare here


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