The aim of the Rediscovery Centre is to develop resource recovery activities that turn discarded materials into saleable items.
There is a growing need for innovative recycling solutions within societies as well as new employment opportunities for those who are socially disadvantaged.
The original idea for the Rediscovery Centre came from the community consultation process for the regeneration in Ballymun. One of the key ideas arising from the consultation process was to develop a recycling centre in the area that could create jobs and training opportunities locally, for example by running workshops that reused or recycled materials on site.
Following an MSc in Sustainable Development, Andy Wilson began working with Ballymun Regeneration Ltd. to develop this next generation recycling centre. Recovery of resources from waste materials can help to reduce the rate of depletion of non-renewable resources and lower the use of renewable resources to the rate of replenishment.
The project combines the bring-centre element of traditional recycling centres with on-site resource recovery, reuse and environmental education initiatives. Andy developed a number of projects for the centre including a furniture recycling, reuse and restoration project, the first Community RePaint scheme in the Republic of Ireland and the Rediscover Fashion clothing label.
In addition to the environmental benefits in terms of landfill diversion and carbon savings, the project facilitates partnerships with local community groups to provide employment and training opportunities, and tackle social disadvantage in the Ballymun area.
The centre is dedicated to providing community employment and training via innovative reuse enterprises which use waste and unwanted materials as a resource and raw material for new product design.
Current Re-use projects include Rediscover Fashion, Rediscover Furniture, Rediscover Paint and Rediscover Cycling. These projects take in items that would otherwise be sent to landfill or incinerated, and through the processes of reuse, redesign and restoration they are remade into new high quality products. The centre also provides training and education, employs people who have been long-term unemployed through Community Employment and offers the chance for people to re-skill.
I want to live in an Ireland that is a positive contributor to solving the collective global problems of environmental degradation and resource scarcity.