In early 2013, at the peak of the Irish recession, a group of 10 people in the Kilteely Dromkeen GAA club came together to discuss the significant problem of emigration and lack of employment in the area. Many of our young adults were left with no alternative but to leave the country to seek employment – to the extent that the local GAA team was becoming depleted of players.
Following a successful initiative to collect scrap metal for the GAA club, it was decided to pursue the entrepreneurial idea of setting up a recycling business.
KDI (Kilteely Dromkeen Innovation Ltd) a social enterprise was established to provide employment in the Kilteely/Dromkeen area.
As well as contributing to the local economy profits have been reinvested into local infrastructure such as a community all-weather pitch and facilities for GAA and other sports.
We started out gathering cardboard from local shops and businesses and baling it in a small 40kg Miltek baler. We formed a partnership with a third party company and scaled up to a vertical mill size 500kg baler and can now provide horizontal baling capabilities for cardboard and plastic.
KDI is a dynamic and enterprising commercial recycling and waste management company. We provide expertise to make you more efficient and save you money. Delivering a comprehensive service to an expanding range of businesses across Ireland, we offer customers a fresh perspective on their recycling requirements, give solutions to problems, deliver value & share revenue by managing waste effectively.
We offer a free, no obligation, Waste & Recycling Assessment.
Support & Funding
The KDI enterprise is a community-driven project in Kilteely/Dromkeen founded on local self-reliance and initiative. However significant progress would not have been possible without invaluable support and funding from the Limerick County Enterprise Board – who have consistently believed and shared in our vision. We have also been greatly facilitated by guidance and encouragement from Limerick County Council which has been critical in furthering our development.
A special note of gratitude to our own community who enthusiastically and practically got behind the project from the beginning. Without the united team effort throughout the area, the concept would never have got to where it is today. We would like to thank all those who have invested their time and expertise in assisting KDI in any way.
The combined effort and input from all our supporters, sponsors, partners and government agencies has proven crucial in enabling the continued growth and success of the business.
As a result, we are happy to report that future prospects are very positive for KDI with many further exciting opportunities in the pipeline for our dynamic and evolving business model and team.
This project was supported by the Local Enterprise Office, Limerick, through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020.
The project contributes to the SME support, promotion and capability development theme of the ERDF co-funded programme.