Inspiring ideas on Making Dublin Greener

by Rachel Cunningham
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Schools can be inspired by seeing how little things add up in fight to save the planet 

Schools and students across Dublin can take sustainable inspiration from a number of events taking place this month and beyond. 

The WEEE Ireland Schools Battery Recycling Competition, which diverted the equivalent of almost one million AA batteries from landfill when it last ran, opening on October 1. 

The competition, which will run until March 31, offers schools the chance to win one of six €2,000 sports equipment vouchers. 

What’s more, every battery recycled by WEEE Ireland goes towards a donation fund for the charity. 

Commenting on the competition, Leo Donovan, CEO of WEEE Ireland, explained the repercussions of binning batteries. “Many still don’t realise that binning batteries leads to a loss of really valuable resources that are increasingly in short supply as well as causing harm to the environment,” he said. 

Visit for more information on the competition and to order WEEE Ireland Blue Battery boxes. 

Repair and reuse of old and discarded items 

October has been named Reuse Month, with events being organised to highlight the value of repairing and reusing older everyday items. 

Using and reusing items for longer reduced the need to extract raw materials, manufacture and distribute new things, which cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions. 

Aiming to spread awareness and to encourage Ireland’s growing circular economy, the Rediscover Centre in Ballymun will host a repair demonstration event on October 15. This will focus on the repair of items such as furniture, bikes and clothing. 

The social channels will also provide a platform for experts to share guidance on repair, reuse and up-cycling throughout the month. 

Organised by the Regional Waste Management Planning Offices, Reuse Month is in its seventh year. The initiative hopes to inspire the public to consider the circular economy not just for one month but throughout the year.

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