The rx3 team ‘cleaned up’ at the recent National Green Awards by taking home the Green Public Sector Award. RPS, engineering consultants based in Dublin, manage rx3, a Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government (DECLG) programme. Rx3 is designed to promote the development of new markets for waste resources similar to the ‘WRAP’ initiative in the UK.
‘Rx3’ – Rethink, Recycle, Remake was set up in 2008 and fundamentally refocused our national waste management approach towards ‘resource efficiency’. To encourage prevention, reuse and recycling, a new front end ‘Rethink’ was introduced to embed resource conservation principles and a new back end ‘Remake’ to show that recycling had not been achieved until a new product was made from the waste material.
Over the past five years ‘rx3’ has grown in national stature with major stakeholders in the waste and material resource area – NCAD for industrial design, Science Gallery for exhibiting the ‘Trash to Cash’ competition and has assisted many start-up companies in the household and agricultural sectors.
Rx3 has also developed and obtained NSAI accreditation for a new national compost standard and are currently conducting compost trials in partnership with agricultural research institutes.
Pictured are: Louise Connolly, Olivier Gaillot, Department of Environment rx3 Steering Group, Chairperson Margaret Daly, PJ Rudden, Brenda Mc Evoy and Conor McGovern.