Galway City Council and Galway County Council are joining forces with the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) to host a free public workshop and cooking demonstration on food waste prevention on Wednesday, 28th November in GMIT between 2-5 pm.
As part of the event, GMIT’s culinary arts lecturers Maria Conboy, Dr Claire Gilsenan and Eamonn Hoult will demonstrate how to make best use of ingredients by preparing tasty and innovative meals from chicken and fish, and by preparing some sweet treats, including muffins and ice cream.
In addition to the cooking demonstration, experts will be on hand to give advice on menu planning, food storage and composting.
The event takes place in the GMIT College of Tourism & Arts Demonstration Lecture Hall. For more information or to book a place on this free workshop and cookery demonstration, please contact Sharon Carroll on (091) 536564 or e-mail email@example.com or Sinéad Ní Mhainnín on 091-476488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
RWMO carried out several events of events for EWWR, including the promotion of food waste prevention.
RWMO developed a new leaflet using info from Stop Food Waste but with new imagery depicting rotten food presented as a special offer – with the hope that it will generate some debate about how much food we buy but don’t consume.
The imagery from the leaflet is also running as an advert in four regional papers. Three supermarkets have agreed to information stands next week to promote awareness of the campaign - Tesco and two Supervalu’s.
RWMO are also hoping to use the leaflet as part of a Christmas waste prevention campaign.
Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by environmental issues and helpless to do anything about it. The Eco Pledge system makes it easy, people can choose an action that they can easily do and take the Eco-Pledge. Small changes in behaviour can have a huge impact when combined with thousands of like-minded people.
Pledges can be made to:
- Choose Tap Water
- Say no to paper bags
- Make a shopping list and stick to it
- Use both sides of the page
- Invest in rechargable batteries
- Repair and customize you clothes
- Say no to junk mail
- Choose less packaging
- Re-use Stuff
- Raise Awareness
LCK RWMO have also made a brilliant video showing how the pledge can work in reality, with students from Crescent College on the streets of Limerick – check it out!
Click here to see the full range of Irish activities by everyone, including the Irish EPA
Here is just some of what the local authorities are doing – get out there and support them!
Carlow County Council:
22 November: Garden Swap Shop – A “Tidy Towns Swap Shop” event will be held in Bagenalstown. Public will be encouraged to bring old, unnecessary pieces of equipment, (strimmers, gardening tools), garden furniture etc. All items will be swapped/given to other Tidy Towns groups instead of being thrown away. A WEEE collection is also being organised for the day on-site.
Cavan County Council:
19-27 November: Awareness in Waste Prevention – Activities taking place in Cavan Town – Green Schools Poster Campaign winners to be used for billboard campaign; Campaign about litter through local media – newspapers and radio; Music Youth bands day to raise awareness of EWWR; County-wide Billboard Campaign on Waste Prevention; Facebook awareness to reach youth and Cavan Institute students; Electric Car public session, local media radio interviews with each Local Authority Litter Warden to raise awareness on litter problems.
Cork County Council:
26th November: Various stakeholders and actors will demonstrate in Fota Wildlife Park actions supporting waste prevention, lowering of dependance on resources, extending the life of goods and avoiding food waste.
Galway County Council
21-25 November – Supermarket Campaign – Promotion of waste prevention in Galway; Launch of Waste Prevention Booklet; Press Release
Limerick Clare Kerry Regional Waste Office:
19 November: ICA Bootcamp Launch - Bringing a new life to old clothes: Representatives of the network will be showing how easy it is to make clothes last longer including: Hemming, Button & Zip repair, Customising for new life and basic sewing machine skills; A new web page will be launched aimed at encouraging all to pledge to complete a simple waste prevention action.
Monaghan County Council
19-27 November: Launch and promotion of Food Waste = Money Waste internet video which has been produced by Monaghan County Council. 21-25 Nov: The Smoothie Bike – Workshop in 5 different schools that focuses on our consumption patterns and how small changes can make a difference.
Waterford County Council
19-27 November – Food Waste Awareness - A Flash Mob event will be held in Dungarvan shopping centre to raise awareness of food waste and an environmental awareness campaign involving stands on the EcoCert, Green Business, Anti Litter awareness and promotion will also be held; participation by Green Schools in a competition to design a poster on food waste reduction – winning design will be printed onto a flag which will be raised on the day at the end of the flash mob event.
The Limerick Clare Kerry region participated alongside other European regions with a local “BatucaMob” at the iconic Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare. The Cliffs of Moher are project partners with the LCK region on the local authority prevention network.
Right across Europe the “BatucaMob” event was a symbolic and unified action of people coming together to announce the arrival of the European week for Waste Reduction throughout Europe by making noise with empty waste containers.
To see the BatucaMob at the cliffs go to the youtube link below:
Carlow Local Authorities have supported the 2nd European Week for Waste Reduction.
There were two main events/initiatives in Carlow for EWWR, focussing mainly on food waste prevention.
A Community Composting Workshop with Nuala Madigan (IPCC) 22nd November 2010 at 7.30 in the Council Chambers, County Hall.
A full page advertisement and and competition in the Carlow People and a press release to other newspapers.
“Carlow County Council welcomes the opportunity to take part in this week and to highlight the work being done by ourselves and businesses throughout the county in their efforts to reduce waste and money”, explained Fionnghuala Ryan, Environmental Awarenes Officer. “Preventing waste can help all of us to save money in all aspects of our lives.”
Ireland is gearing up for the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) with many different projects and events in several parts of the country.
EWWR is a 3 year project supported by the LIFE+ Programme of the European Commission until 2011. In 2010, the Week will take place from the 20th to the 28th November 2010. To learn more about EWWR click here.
EWWR was set up to raise awareness about EU waste reduction strategies and policies; to promote sustainable waste reduction actions across Europe; to highlight the work accomplished by various actors, through concrete examples of waste reduction and to encourage changes in the behaviour of Europeans’ consumption and production in everyday life.
Who is involved?
EWWR mainly involves national and local authorities, NGOs, educational establishments and also businesses. In Ireland it is being led by the EPA, with many different local authorities involved. Also involved are An Taisce, REPAK, Clean Technology Centre, Green Hospitality Programme, Celtic Anglian Water and others.
What’s being done in Ireland?
A lot is planned in Ireland for 2010, including media events; radio and press material being published; waste prevention promotion with communities, businesses, schools; seminars; displays in public areas; competitions etc. – all over Ireland!
What happened in 2009?
In 2009 Ireland was very active for the Waste Reduction Week and it was a great success.