FreeTrade Ireland Quicklinks

The Free Trade Ireland Quicklinks have been specially chosen to help users find out more about initiatives and programmes currently helping to promote and facilitate material reuse throughout Ireland today.

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Government and Community 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 more information check out:

Green Home programme

Green Schools programme

Green Business programme

Green Hospitality programme

Local Authority Prevention Network

Prevent & Save


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.


In conjunction with the Government initiatives highlighted above, there are a number of community and national based programmes operated by organisations outside direct government control. These include:


- Rediscovery Centre ;

- National School Book Exchange;

Camara Education IT equipment reuse; 

- Rehab WEEE reuse schemes;

- bicycle refurbishment programme.


Charity Shops

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

Local Authorities

The Local Authorities of Ireland are constantly updating their information regarding waste prevention and reuse. For more information on initiatives in your area visit your Local Aurhorities website:


Carlow County Council
Cavan County Council
Clare County Council
Cork City Council
Cork County Council
Donegal County Council
Dublin City Council
Dun Laoghaire-
Rathdown Co. Co.

Fingal County Council
Galway City Council
Galway County Council
Kerry County Council
Kildare County Council
Kilkenny County Council
Laois County Council
Leitrim County Council
Limerick City Council
Limerick County Council
Longford County Council
Louth County Council
Mayo County Council
Meath County Council
Monaghan County Council
North Tipperary
County Council

Offaly County Council
Roscommon County Council
Sligo County Council
South Dublin County Council
South Tipperary County

Waterford City

Waterford County Council
Westmeath County Council
Wexford County Council
Wicklow County Council


Miscellaneous Others

  • 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



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