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Rediscovery Centre teams up with EPA

Friday, 1st February, 2019 7:59am
Rediscovery Centre teams up with EPA

The Rediscovery Centre’s mission is to lead change from waste to resource through reuse, redesign, research and education.

Rediscovery Centre teams up with EPA

The Rediscovery Centre’s mission is to lead change from waste to resource through reuse, redesign, research and education.

THE Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a three-year strategic partnership with the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun.

The Rediscovery Centre is the National Centre for the Circular Economy and the aim of the new partnership is to promote the ‘rediscovery’ of waste materials through reuse, redesign and repair of clothes, paint, furniture and bicycles.

This will be achieved through education and demonstration activities at the Rediscovery Centre.

The partnership is being funded through the EPA’s National Waste Prevention Programme, which supports enterprises, households and the public sector to make the change to a low-carbon, circular economy.

Laura Burke, Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency, said the EPA was looking forward to working with the Rediscovery Centre.

“This partnership aligns with our ambition to foster a circular and greener economy in Ireland,” she added.

“Demonstrating what the circular economy looks like in terms of, for example, redesigned and recycled fashion and furniture, is an important part of raising awareness amongst the public and through education.

“This strategic partnership will build on the EPA’s and the Rediscovery Centre’s proven track record in innovation, advocacy and behaviour change for resource use efficiency and the circular economy.”

The Rediscovery Centre’s mission is to lead change from waste to resource through reuse, redesign, research and education.

Based in Ballymun’s iconic red and white striped boiler house, the centre is a unique eco-demonstration facility that connects people, ideas and resources and supports four innovative social enterprises; Rediscover Furniture, Rediscover Paint, Rediscover Fashion and Rediscover Cycling.

As it further evolves into Ireland’s National Centre for the Circular Economy, the skills and expertise of scientists, designers and craftspeople will be harnessed to develop sustainability solutions and promoting business opportunities in support of these solutions.

Chief Executive Officer of the Rediscovery Centre, Dr Sarah Miller, is optimistic about the new EPA partnership.

“Through the strategic partnership with the EPA, the Rediscovery Centre will continue to build on its existing successful initiatives but also co-design creative, innovative programmes with the EPA to create and embed opportunities for the circular economy in Ireland,” she explained.

Last year the Rediscovery Centre received national recognition at the annual SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards held in the Mansion House.

The not for profit organisation won the Buildings category for the boiler house building, which was designed to ensure minimum energy usage throughout its operational lifetime.

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