Recycle IT awarded development funding

by Rachel Cunningham
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By Rachel Cunningham

Recycle IT, a social enterprise providing electrical recycling services, has been named as one of 34 projects to receive funding through Rethink Ireland.

The Social Enterprise Development Fund is a €3.2 million fund, which was created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with Local Authorities Ireland and funded by IPB Insurance and the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Of the 34 recently announced awardees, 16 enterprises will receive cash grants and business support and a further 18 projects have been given a place on the organisation’s Genesis Programme, which provides strategic business support to organisations.

This year’s awardees included a social enterprise getting people back-to-work through recycling, a furniture upcycling and reuse project and an accessible mental health counselling service for all ages.

Commenting on the funding announcement, Deirdre Mortell, CEO of Rethink Ireland said: “Just a few weeks ago, Rethink Ireland set out our manifesto for 2030, detailing the Ireland we want – a fair, inclusive and sustainable Ireland. Today, I’m delighted that Rethink Ireland is awarding both funding and business support to 34 organisations who are actively working to achieve this vision.

“Social enterprises are already living our manifesto by actively working to tackle the greatest social challenges in Ireland. Whether they are knitting groups working to bring together marginalised members of society, innovative therapy practices using the power and beauty of our coastlines, or innovative ideas to strengthen safety in rural communities, they are the heart of our communities, and we’re delighted to be able to support them.”

Recycle IT provides collection and drop off services for all types of waste electrical, electronic and pure metal items. The recycling enterprise offers services to homes and organisations in Dublin and surrounding areas, collecting a range of WEEE, such as includes thousands of dishwashers, computers, laptops cables, monitors, microwaves, television and metal items.

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