rx3 – Rethink, Recycle, Remake
Department of Environment, Community & Local Government
RPS managed rx3 ‘rethink, recycle, remake’, a Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government (DECLG) programme.
‘rx3 – Rethink Recycle Remake’ was a new national platform set up in 2008 to assist national waste recycling for paper, plastics and organics based on resource efficiency. The main focus was on closing the material loop, through the development of markets for reusable, remanufactured and recyclable materials. This closed loop recycling project correctly anticipated the new ‘circular economy’ policy by the EU Commission favouring eco-innovation, economic development and job creation.
The project was managed by RPS over six years on behalf of the then Department of Environment, Community & Local Government. The final report on rx3 was published in late 2015. Three types of actions were completed by rx3:
Technical – e.g. the development of materials standards and systems of quality control so that the market can have confidence in the product’s consistency and reliability
Communications – overcoming barriers due to a lack of awareness and understanding of the possible benefits of recycled materials and their availability by creating dialogue and cooperation between stakeholders
Economic Incentives – supporting innovation and jobs, product development and cross-sectoral initiatives between those managing the waste and those creating new products
The project was of key strategic importance to the greening of the Irish economy and to the development of green enterprises in Ireland. The final report found that rx3 had proactively contributed to addressing key strategic areas including: Environmental Innovation and R&D, Low Carbon Economy, Green Enterprise, Green Economy, Economic Instruments to enhance the Green Economy and Benefits of North South Cooperation. In recognition of these achievements, rx3 won the Green Public Sector Award at the 2013 National Green Awards.