Research

The Rediscovery Centre actively participates in research, particularly in the fields of sustainability, behavioural change, resource efficiency and waste management.

 

Development of a Material Reuse Framework

This project aims to produce both high level overarching protocols and material specific protocols for reuse that will feed into an overarching framework for waste reuse in Ireland.  The research will clarify the current challenges for material reuse such as waste classification, regulatory and reporting issues and seek to address them through the associated outputs of protocols and documentation templates. The protocols will be of use to anyone who wishes to determine if an item is deemed suitable for reuse or if it needs to be considered a waste and managed appropriately. The research will focus primarily on wastes in the post-consumer goods category that are currently managed by reuse organisations such as furniture, textiles, bikes, paint and WEEE. The research will also extend to include some post manufacturing waste streams (e.g. packaging, food, textiles, C&D, ELV’s).

 

Developing a sustainability framework for the reuse sector

This project is expected to identify key social, economic and environmental benefits of waste reuse in a national context leading to improved environmental performance within the reuse sector. Sustainability indicators will be identified, validated and tested which have immediate potential for application in SMEs and the waste sector. A sustainability framework will be developed which will provide a national template for sustainability reporting building capacity and demonstrating innovation in a European context. This project is funded under the STRIVE Green Enterprise Programme.

 

Assessing impact of applied waste related training on attitudes and behaviours in academia and business

This project will measure the impact that applied skills training has upon attitudes and behaviours in various sectors and will provide a methodology for such impact analysis that can be replicated by other organisations. The project involves the development, piloting, assessment and redevelopment of a 5 days applied training course in resource efficiency and reuse and measurement of the impact of this training in terms of participant attitudinal and behavioural change. This project is funded under the STRIVE Green Enterprise Programme.


Implementation of an Urban Community Composting Programme

Internationally, community-scale composting projects are both popular and effective for processing organic waste in many urban environments. They involve the cooperation of communities in the management of their own waste, supporting key environmental principles, increasing environmental awareness and enhancing social cohesion.  In Ireland, only a very small number of initiatives have been undertaken and there exists a huge potential for further development. This project which assesses the potential role of community-scale in-vessel composting in Ireland and identifies the challenges associated with small-scale organic waste composting, was funded under the ERTDI Programme 2000-2006.

 

You can download the final project reports here

 

Collaborative Research


Renew (Resource Innovation Network for European Waste)

ReNEW represents a network of organisations whose aim is to deliver innovations for the waste supply chain - promoting recovery of valuable materials from waste. ReNEW is funded by the Interreg IVB North West Europe scheme. The Rediscovery Centre acts as a dissemination partner for the network.


European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL)

The Dublin Living Lab, hosted by The Green Way is a member of ENoLL. The Rediscovery Centre WISER Life project will have capability to be a “plug-and-play” test environment of innovators of new technology or services, for energy, water and waste technologies.


Enterprise Ireland – Living Lab Cluster

The Green Way cluster programme, supported by Enterprise Ireland, will deliver discrete test-beds for clean technologies, services and processes across a number of targeted themes. More information is available here

 

Resource Revival

This project presents key opportunities to promote the reuse of products and reuse activities whilst offering significant environmental benefits. This project aims to increase the rates of reuse and elevate its profile in society through the dissemination workshops to encourage behaviour change and active public participation in waste reuse activities. This project is led by the Community Reuse Network Ireland, of which the Rediscovery Centre is a founder member.


Reuse It! - The Reuse Smartphone App

This project aimed to produce a smart phone app for consumers to identify reuse organisations in their area. This project is led by the Community Reuse Network Ireland of which the Rediscovery Centre is a founder member. The app is now available for download.



Community Based Learning and Research

Community based learning and research projects allow third level students to work with community organisations on real life problems. These types of projects have benefits for both the students and the organisations involved; the students gain valuable real world experience while working towards their third level qualification and the community organisation benefits from the interaction with the students and the project deliverables.

 

The Rediscovery Centre works with many of the third level institutions in Dublin on such projects, examples of which are given below:

 

  • UCD Innovation Sprint: Disruption – re-engaging with the local community
  • DIT Manufacturing Engineering students: Product design from waste materials
  • DIT MA in Public Relations students: Evaluation of the current PR methods utilised by the Rediscovery Centre and assessment of their suitability for a third level audience
  • TCD/UCD Innovation Academy: Towards a community based M.A. in Sustainable Design

Conference presentations and workshops

  • The Rediscovery Centre: A Practical Example of Repair, Recycle and Remake. Dublin SERIND Seminar, November 2014
    • Running a Successful Social Enterprise. Carmichael Centre, October 2014.

    • WISER: Working with Industrial Spaces to Exemplify Reuse. Presentation at Life information day, June 2014
    • Redevelopment of the Ballymun Boiler House. DCC City Limits Conference – Inventive Uses for Urban Spaces, February 2014
  • Addressing community challenges through interdisciplinary community learning. Workshop at Cumulus Dublin 2013. The Rediscovery Centre & Students Learning with Communities, DIT. November 2013
  • Case study for bulky waste reuse at CA sites: Rediscover Cycling & Fingal County Council. Presentation at rx3 bulky waste network event, September 2013.
  • Industrial Buildings & Reuse. Presentation at CIWM conference on Resource Efficiency, February 2013
  • Waste Prevention & Minimisation in Action.  Presentation at Resource Ireland, October 2012.
  • The Rediscovery Centre: Development Journey & Lessons Learned,  Be Green,May 2012

Contact

Dr Sarah Miller or Dr Tara Singleton
A: Rediscovery Centre, Unit 1-2, The Turnpike, Santry Cross, Ballymun, Dublin 11
T: (01) 8429811 
E: sarah@rediscoverycentre.ie or tara@rediscoverycentre.ie