Local Authorities throughout Ireland
Managing national reuse website on behalf of local authorities throughout Ireland.
RPS is managing the innovative, web-based FreeTrade Ireland service to encourage and facilitate the free reuse of household and business items nationwide. In addition to managing the website design, build and testing and the Free Trade Ireland Facebook page, RPS has also led the development of the FreeTrade Ireland App, one of the first smart phone services developed and funded by local authorities in Ireland.
Using the free service, householders and businesses can pick up and pass on quality items such as home and office furniture, baby goods, electronics, sports equipment, musical instruments and motoring items. Users can view ads for items as well as post items of their own once they are a member of the site.
The FreeTrade Ireland service is supported by Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and funded by the Local Authorities across Ireland. The website aims to help prevent usable items going to landfill and increase the lifespan of items for reuse. The Free Trade service originated as a regional reuse service for Dublin, on DublinWaste.ie, which was developed and managed by RPS from 2006. Due to its success it was then expanded to become FreeTradeIreland.ie in July 2010 with Mayo County Council acting as the lead authority. Since the service has commenced, over 38,000 items have found new homes.