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Significant opportunity for sales of reusable bulky waste items - Attwood

Stormont Executive press release - Department of the Environment

Environment Minister Alex Attwood has today welcomed a report which estimates that up to 1.2 million items of bulky waste could potentially be reused each year.

The Bulky Waste Reuse Study was published by Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan and Environment Minister, Alex Attwood.

Bulky waste is the term used for municipal items that are too large to fit in regular waste collection bins. Typical bulky waste items include furniture, certain categories of electrical goods, mattresses, carpets, plumbing fixtures (bathtubs, toilets, sinks), bicycles and garden furniture.

The ‘All Island Bulky Waste Reuse Best Practice Management Feasibility Study’ estimates that in the region of £48million / €60million in potential sales of reusable bulky waste items could be realised through the implementation of an all island approach to the management of bulky waste.

Minister Attwood said: “I welcome this report which shows that there is real potential for the development of the reuse sector across the island of Ireland. This report is a good example of how we collaborate on this island to maximise the potential for shared, common or agreed approaches to waste. I believe that Minister Hogan and I can identify positive measures and interventions to assist the waste industry in increasing reuse North and South.”

The main aim of the study was to carry out a feasibility study, followed by a pilot demonstration scheme, to establish whether an all island approach to bulky waste management and increased reuse opportunities of bulky waste from civic amenity / recycling centre sites is feasible. The majority of bulky waste from these sites is currently sent for recycling, recovery or disposal. The study has found that there is an opportunity to increase the reuse of bulky waste items delivered to these sites on the island of Ireland based on demand from reuse organisations.

The report is available for download free of charge at

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