A collaboration between the SMILE Resource Exchange and Cork County Council, Reuse Republic was a public event that brought together some of Cork’s best upcyclers, reuse initiatives and eco businesses. With an underlying message of Rethink Your Waste, Reuse Republic aimed to showcase just a snapshot of the businesses, support organisations and community initiatives, working in the reuse sector locally. Green Business was delighted to partake in the event. Many interested parties visited the stall we had at the event.
SMILE Resource Exchange is a national programme that connects businesses that can reuse each other’s waste, surplus materials and offcuts. Established in 2010 by Macroom E Enterprise Centre, with the support of Cork County and City Councils, the Local Enterprise Offices and the Environmental Protection Agency, the programme now has over 1,500 business members nationally, over 500 successful synergies recorded to date, equating to an estimated 22,000 tonnes of material diverted from landfill or recycling and a combined cost saving for businesses of over €4.4 million.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Declan Hurley officiated at the event and is keen to show how Cork as a county wants to be a cleaner and greener place to live and work, this event showcases just some of the creative projects ongoing in Cork at present, helping to make the circular economy model a reality.
Here are some photos from the day: