Musical instruments reuse project

Prevention for Local Authorities

In 2019, Fingal County Council established an Instruments Reuse Project. It had been noticed that old instruments were being disposed of at their recycling centres, many of which were in good working order. The project involved establishing a collection facility at the recycling centres and cleaning and mending the instruments where needed. Once ready, instruments were re-distributed to a variety of community organisations such as centres for autism, addiction and rehabilitation. In the first 2 years over 60 instruments have been re-homed.

Based on the initial success of the pilot, Fingal County Council now accepts instruments at recycling centres in Estuary, Swords and Coolmine.

Following on from the success of the Fingal County Council pilot, Monaghan County Council initiated a similar project in 2020. This is ongoing and to date has rehomed 20 instruments including guitars, banjos, fiddles, mandolins, keyboards and a drum kit.

A case study is available on the work carried out by both Fingal and Monaghan here.