Campaigns and Projects

Upcyclers rise to the challenge and turn Trash to Treasure

Items created from an old sewing machine, bicycle tubes, a cable spool and recovered timber all triumphed as overall winners in the Upcycle Challenge 2017 competition prize-giving event on Friday 24th  November.

Westmeath Co. Council Leas-Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Tom Farrell, presented Martin McLaughlin (Connacht-Ulster Region), Hana Tesarova (Eastern-Midlands Region), IRD Duhallow Furniture Revamp (Southern Region) and the Allihies  Men’s Sheds Group (Men’s Shed National Category)  with their winners certificate and €1000 prizes.


For full press release and list of winners, please see here

Have you 'BIN' wondering about changes to waste charges? Here's the info!


The Government is ending flat rate fees for household waste collection. More than half of Irish households will not be affected as they are already using a system which includes a weight based or per lift charge. The phasing-out of flat rate fees will start as customers renew or enter new service contracts from autumn 2017. As contracts expire over the subsequent 12 months, a flat rate service will no longer be offered.

When householders reduce and separate their waste they lessen their impact on the environment and can manage their domestic waste costs more effectively. For more information from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment (DCCAE) , click here.

Reuse Month

Reuse Month 2017 - the fun begins!


We need your help! For Reuse Month 2017, we want to build a bank of people who can run reuse, remake, repair and creative workshops in their local area. If you’re good with your hands and wish to pass on your wonderful skills, please let us know! Follow the links on this PDF for details….

Organic waste

Time to get your Brown Bin!

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Do you have your Brown Bin yet?



Did you know that since July 2015, most people in Ireland are entitled to have a bin for organic waste (or a ‘brown bin’). If you don’t yet have your ‘brown bin, contact your waste collection provider to check if you are entitled to one and request one.

Brown in the New Black!


Using your brown bin.......

Using your brown bin is easy – it’s definitely not rocket science! Waste such as plate scrapings, vegetable peelings, egg shells, spoiled meat can be placed in the brown bin. Garden waste such as grass, cuttings and dead flowers can also be placed in the brown bin. Be sure to double check with your waste operator about the organic materials they take as some of them differ slightly. For more information on brown bin usage and home composting, check out
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Stop Food Waste

Food Waste Prevention

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On average, each household in Ireland throws away about €700 worth of avoidable food waste each year. This translates into about one third of each weekly shop never reaching the table. On a national level, we dump half a million tonnes of food annually.

Reasons so much of our food gets binned include over-buying, incorrect storage, failure to use food before it expires and sometimes a lack of cooking skills. Wasting food is also a waste of the energy, water, land and labour that has gone into the production and distribution of that food.

The cost of wasting food is not restricted to our pockets and our resources, however. There is an important, but often hidden, environmental price to pay for wasting food.

Organic waste that ends up in landfill can break down to produce materials that pollute our soil, water and air. While landfills in Ireland do have adequate safety measures to mitigate this pollution risk, we are still obliged to follow EU legislation in reducing the volume of organic waste to landfill.

Wasting food can also contribute to climate change. As food breaks down into its constituent nutrients, climate change gases, such as methane, are released into the atmosphere.This means that preventing food waste is an important, albeit often overlooked, climate change mitigation measure.

With some thought, planning and a little kitchen creativity, it is possible to reduce food waste and help both your pocket and the environment.


Easy tips for preventing food waste and saving cash!


1. Check your fridge and cupboards to see what you have – or  take a pic on your smart phone!
2. Plan your meals for the week
3. Make a shopping list (and stick to it..!)
4. Avoid multi deals unless you are certain you’ll use them – especially salads and bread
5.Store your food properly
6. Go to for more tips

Leftovers you’ll love……..


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We just love leftovers! And we’re always on the look out for new recipes involving involving leftovers. Here’s one of our favs.



We’d love you to share your favourite leftover recipes with us! If you’d like your recipe to feature on our website, simply type it into our contact form and we’ll pop it up here. Looking forward to it :).

Reducing Waste at Christmas

Have a Green Christmas


Christmas is traditionally a time of food, fun, gifts and happiness so it is no surprise that it has become a time of great consumption and a time of peak waste. We have put together a range of tips to help you be nice to the environment while still having a lovely Christmas season. CLICK HERE FOR OUR GREEN CHRISTMAS TIPS on gifts, gift wrapping, decorations and food to have a Greener Christmas that can help cut your spending as well as your waste.


European Week of Waste Reduction

The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) is a pan-European environmental initiative held in November each year that aims to promote the actions that encourage and raise-awareness about sustainable resource and waste management. Everyone including public authorities, private companies, civil society and individuals can get involved by conducting a waste reduction activity and registering it as an action on the EWWR web site. For further information see  the EWWR web site .


Reusable cups trending in DCU

An army of reusable cups ready to tackle our disposable cup habit at the launch of the KeepMeDCU campaign.
The Eastern-Midlands Waste Regional Office (EMWRO) was delighted to team up with Dublin City University (DCU) students on a social media campaign designed to encourage the use of reusable coffee cups on campus. The campaign, dubbed KeepMeDCU, launched on Monday 21st November as part of European Week of Waste Reduction 2016 (EWWR) and will run until Friday 26th November. The campaign is one of just two EWWR waste prevention actions registered for Ireland.

The campaign aimed to reduce the volume of disposable cups used on the campus. It is estimated that 1 million disposable coffee cups are used each year in Ireland and that using just one disposable cup each day for a year creates about 11kg of waste. While many throw-away cups carry a recycling symbol, the plastic coating used on such cups means that they are generally not recyclable at all -instead they must be consigned to landfill, where each cup takes weeks to break down.

At the KeepMeDCU launch 100 reusable travel mugs were given away free to students, most of whom interacted with the social media campaign through likes, posting selfies and in one case doing a mannequin challenge! Coffee outlets on campus joined the effort by giving a cash discount to anyone using a reusable cup for the duration of EWWR.

Follow the campaign on Twitter @KeepmeDCU, hashtag #keepme or on Facebook at Keep Me DCU.


National Reuse Month

National Reuse Month is a new waste prevention initiative instigated by the Regional Waste Offices to raise awareness about the economic and environmental benefits of reusing everyday items and materials that would otherwise go to waste. Throughout October, there will be local and regional workshops and events all over Ireland to promote ways for families, businesses and communities to reuse. Donating, refurbishing and repairing items are all forms of reuse and offer people a chance to save or make money, get creative, learn a new skill and do their bit for the environment.

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. 

Reuse Month will be a time for us to celebrate the fantastic work being carried out by organisations and groups all over the country who have already adopted and promote reuse. Throughout the month we will be working with these diverse organisations in order to promote reuse by means of them displaying and sharing their inspirations and knowledge in order to grow and expand their networks.

Reuse Month will see a range of events and activities in counties throughout the country. We’ll be updating our lists as we hear of more events happening.

You can get details of the various events happening on our  Google + and Instagram pages or on our Eventbrite profile.

Here is a PDF list of events currently organised in the Eastern-Midlands Region.

Reuse Month Posters

Reuse Month Launch

Conferences and Stands

Dun Laoghaire Fashion Show

Our Reuse Month cinema advert is in cinemas nationwide from Friday October 7th, we love it! Have a look here and see what you think……Reuse Month Advert

Reuse Month aims to enthuse everyone to repairing, remake, reimagine. Ali Sheridan of Purposehub gave Reuse Month a nice shout out on her blog……..Check it Out  


We’ve been asking people to share their #reuse16 thoughts and ideas on social media. Throughout reuse month we will record as many of them here as possible.

If you have any reuse ideas, pictures, stories or thoughts you’d like to share with us, simply tweet them to us or email them to 

Campaigns and Projects 

As part of our work in the EMWRO, we run and support a range of Waste Prevention and Resource Efficiency awareness campaigns and research projects. Here, you can find details and accounts of the various campaigns and projects in which we have an involvement. We are always keen to explore research and awareness projects on Waste Prevention, Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy  in partnership with other organisations.

Reuse Month