Everyone can take practical actions which are circular economy actions. If you prevent food waste, if you refill a reusable bottle, if you repair your phone in favour of buying a new one, if you recycle waste, then you are contributing to the circular economy. Supporting local waste prevention and circular economy activity is a priority for the EPA.
Supporting local waste prevention is a priority area of the EPA’s National Waste Prevention Programme.
The National Waste Prevention Programme’s Local Authority Prevention Network (LAPN) supports local waste prevention. In this network, which began in 2009, the EPA provides technical support and grant-aid funding to local authorities to deliver waste prevention and circular economy projects at a local level for the benefit of their communities – householders, businesses, schools. Through the network, knowledge and skills are shared. Lessons are learned through the development of innovative prevention projects. Several LAPN projects have grown from local to national level over the years, including www.repairmystuff.ie
The Local Authority Prevention Network (LAPN) has been running since 2009 and all local authorities in Ireland are involved. The EPA provides grant aid funding for innovative waste prevention projects, also provides technical support and training and networking opportunities. The objective is to build capacity and expertise within local authorities to deliver waste prevention and circular economy activities at local level.
Innovative projects that support repair initiatives, prevent waste (e.g. food waste, hazardous waste), that prevent consumption of single use items, that green festivals and events, that deliver paint reuse initiatives in communities are all examples of the types of projects funded over the years.
Below is a list of the projects funded in 2020.
|THEME: SUPPORTING PAINT REUSE ACTIVITIES|
|1||Donegal||Connacht Ulster||Paint Reuse Feasibility Study||To carry out a feasibility study into setting up a paint reuse social enterprise in the county, with paint that would be collected at a number of recycling centres.|
|2||Cork city & county
||Southern||Establishing a Community Paint Reuse Scheme||Establish a pilot community paint reuse scheme, collecting suitable paint from
2 civic amenity sites. These will be reused through two social enterprises in the city and county and made available at a much reduced cost to community groups, houses that have undergone energy retrofits, and to the general public online, via markets, and a shop in Ballydehob run by the social enterprise.
|3||Limerick||Southern||Establishing a Community Paint Reuse Scheme||Develop the Limerick Paint Reuse Project engaging local social enterprise, Tait House, who will set up the paint reuse processing unit at the Galvone estate. Paint collection to be set up at the civic amenity site. An associated online promotion campaign will support this. Will make paint available to local charities, organisations and families at affordable prices.|
|4||Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny||Southern||Collaborative Paint Waste Prevention Project||A paint waste prevention project in the three counties to raise awareness of how to calculate paint required, store paint, and dispose of paint. Will include an awareness campaign, working with independent retailers, and an assessment of waste paint brought to civic amenity sites.|
|5||Waterford||Southern||Paint Reuse Feasibility Study & Training on Paint Reuse||Feasibility study and training for a social enterprise to enable a paint reuse scheme to be established in Waterford. Will complement the joint South-Eastern region paint project to further reduce paint waste in coming years.|
|6||Meath||Eastern||Establishing a Paint Reuse Scheme||Looking at facilitating collection of paint in County Meath for reuse within the Rediscovery Centre scheme, along with encouraging civic amenity.|
|THEME: FOSTERING A REPAIR CULTURE|
|7||Cavan||Connacht Ulster||Installation & Promotion of Bike Repair Stations||Installation and promotion of a number of public bike repair and pump stations across the county to give bicycle owners the opportunity to repair their bicycles and pump tyres all in one convenient location. Each station will be equipped with 10 tools to help repair bicycles and will be located in close proximity to public areas such as schools, public parks, or public buildings.|
|8||Monaghan||Connacht Ulster||Repair & Reuse of Musical Instruments||A campaign offering free collection of unwanted musical instruments. Collected instruments will be assessed and where possible repaired, cleaned and made available to community groups such as local Comhaltas and schools.|
|9||Sligo||Connacht Ulster||Clothing Reuse & Repair Video||A video production of people involved in clothing re-use and repair in the locality, covering experiences and the obstacles & opportunities in Sligo/the North West. Will be promoted & broadcast online and on social media.|
|Promotional Videos Showcasing Local Repair Businesses||A series of videos showcasing local repair businesses which will be promoted by the Council and the Local Enterprise Office and Business Support Unit.|
|11||Carlow||Southern||Carlow Pride of Place - Repair and Reuse Competition||As part of the Carlow Pride of Place competition a specific repair and reuse competition will be run under the waste prevention category. This will aim to acknowledge the importance of prevention and identify innovative ways by which different items can be repaired or reused.|
|12||Tipperary||Southern||Repair Directory||To produce a Repair Directory for county Tipperary and linking into repairmystuff.ie, and promotion and dissemination activities locally.|
|THEME: WASTE PREVENTION|
|Mow, Lift and Compost for Biodiversity||Aims to adapt management of grass open spaces allowing biodiversity to flourish while at the same time managing the grass cut to avoid it becoming a waste product removed from the locality. A demonstration pilot at a number of sites to cut, lift and compost grass, and reuse locally. An information guide will be developed demonstrating how green space can be managed for biodiversity while also ensuring local recycling of the grass and nutrients.|
|Installation of public water fonts||
Outdoor public water fonts in Drogheda/Dundalk, with counters to track metrics. Supported by the local Tidy Towns groups. First such units for the county. Associated media and social media campaign.