18 February 2014

Fitzgerald launches innovative Ballymount material recycling initiative


Local TD Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, on Friday (14 February) launched a “highly innovative local initiative which transforms surplus material into art, craft and play resources”.

Launching Recreate in Ballymount, the Minister said: ReCreate is a new social enterprise that sources unwanted and surplus materials for reuse as creative resources. This is a timely initiative for our area, which I hope will raise awareness of the importance of recycling and sustainable thinking. I have contacted local schools inviting them to consider using the service for their Transition Year, technology or art classes. Indeed, I believe any young person would benefit from this innovative method.

The organisation sources end of line, remaindered, surplus and unwanted materials and items with potential from local business. They supply these as Arts and Crafts materials and Educational Play resources for schools and other groups working with children, young people, and the active retired. 

“All materials are donated or diverted from the waste process to be recreated into arts and crafts, which will make a positive impact both on our environment and on our creative community's resource bank. Increidbly, Recreate is aiming to re-distribute around 100 tonnes a year of materials for creative re-use.

“The goal is to help local business produce less waste and help schools and communities to “stretch their budgets and their imagination”. Their “Warehouse of Wonders” is located on Ballymount Drive, just 3 mins from Exit 10 on the M50. It is accessible by car or bus.

Further information is available on their webite: www.recreate.ie”.