There’s money in muck and our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties can ben­e­fit from it

The Corkman - - NEWS - MARIA HER­LIHY

A HUGE shift is needed in con­sumer be­hav­iour at na­tional, com­mu­nity and in­di­vid­ual level when it comes to ‘ the cir­cu­lar econ­omy’.

The Com­mu­nity Re­use Net­work Ire­land (CRNI) with sup­port from the South­ern Re­gion Waste Of­fice, hosted a sem­i­nar on lo­cal de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in re­use and recycling for Cork.

Com­mu­nity Re­use Net­work Ire­land has a vi­sion where the word ‘waste’ doesn’t ex­ist and where our en­tire com­mu­nity ben­e­fits from the so­cial, en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic value of all re­us­able re­sources.

Re­use re­duces the vol­ume of waste be­ing dis­carded while also con­serv­ing nat­u­ral re­sources, en­ergy and wa­ter. Re­use also of­fers sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic ben­e­fits by cre­at­ing jobs and boost­ing lo­cal economies.

The in­ter­ac­tive event held at the Sil­ver Springs Ho­tel in Cork was then fol­lowed by a tour of the Boomerang Recycling op­er­a­tion, which is based at Bal­lyvolane Busi­ness Park.

The sem­i­nar cov­ered re­use and recycling in the con­text of the cir­cu­lar econ­omy and Pauline McDonogh, Waste Pre­ven­tion Co­or­di­na­tor for the South­ern Waste Re­gion, em­pha­sised that a shift is needed in con­sumer be­hav­iour at a na­tional, com­mu­nity and in­di­vid­ual level. Those in at­ten­dance in­cluded the Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice staff from CCC, lo­cal de­vel­op­ment com­pa­nies, mem­bers of the prison ser­vice and ex­ist­ing re­use and recycling en­ter­prise.

The re­use and recycling en­ter­prises in at­ten­dance high­lighted their many chal­lenges and suc­cessess with Tri­ona Mur­phy from Duhal­low Re­vamp stat­ing that strong lo­cal gover­nance has been a key part of their suc­cess.

Paul Kelly from Boomerang Re­cyling out­lined the pos­i­tive im­pact of their so­cial en­ter­prise on com­mu­ni­ties with an im­pres­sive 52% pro­gres­sion rate to em­ploy­ment from place­ments.

The work­shop ses­sion also high­lighted the need for ‘joined up think­ing’ and ac­tion both at a na­tional and lo­cal level.

In ad­di­tion, there is the need for recog­ni­tion and sup­port of so­cial en­ter­prises and theim­pact which they have on lo­cal com­mu­ni­ites.

There was also agree­ment among at­ten­dees that gov­ern­ment leadership was needed to high­light the im­por­tance of waste re­duc­tion from both an eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal per­spec­tive.

The Com­mu­nity Re­use Net­work Ire­land is an all-Is­land rep­re­sen­taive body for com­mu­nity based re­use, re­cyl­c­ing and waste pre­ven­tion or­gan­i­sa­tions. Their vi­sion is an Ire­land where the word ‘waste’ doesn’t ex­ist and where the en­tire com­mu­nity ben­e­fits from the so­cial, en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic value of all re­us­able re­sources.

Photo: Miki Bar­lok

Tri­ona Mur­phy from IRD Duhal­low and Maura Walsh, CEO of Duhal­low Re­vamp, pic­tured at the Com­mu­nity Re­use and Recycling in Cork, a sem­i­nar or­gan­ised by CRNI on lo­cal de­vel­op­ment and en­ter­prise op­por­tu­ni­ties in re­use and recycling for Cork as part of Re­use Month Oc­to­ber, held in the Clay­ton Sil­ver Springs Ho­tel.

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