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Iarnród Éireann donates recyclable material to Hansfield school Library

21 March 2018

We have donated unused recyclable material to UPcycling in order to help them build a a new school library. This initiative is part of our continued policy to sustainable travel.

On Friday 16th March, Iarnród Éireann and UPcycling teamed up to officially open a new school library made out of recyclable materials we donated.

The railway themed library is at Hansfield Educate Together National School in West Dublin, near to Hansfield Railway Station, one of the newest on the Iarnród Éireann network having opened in June 2013.

The library is made out of materials of which over 75% is end of use such as pallets, glass, textiles, plastics and metals. Projects such as this help reduce waste as well as provide much needed learning resources for local communities. These materials have been redesigned to resemble a variety of railway themed furniture and objects. 

UPcycling is a start-up that creates unique learning spaces for schools, such as libraries and sensory rooms. These facilities are made from re-used materials and have led to over 5,000 kg of materials being diverted away from the waste stream. So far UPcycling have sourced over 5 tonnes of material from Iarnród Éireann, helping to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.

The construction of this library has taken several months and has involved a variety of talents to bring the project to completion.

Describing the efforts involved, Przemek Drusewicz, Executive Director of UPcycling said: ‘Since every project is different our team consists of artists and builders of different trades working together to create unique custom build projects.’

Acting Chief Executive of Iarnród Éireann, Jim Meade said: “Travelling by rail is one of the most sustainable forms of land transport, as a company sustainability is very important to us and we are delighted that these end of life products have been transformed into an informative and educational space for our neighbours here at Hansfield” 

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