The West Waterford Festival of Food, Dungarvan, April 11th – 14th, 2013, went green again this year with 10 specifically designed Waste Segregation stations and wheelie bins at 4 locations.
Two trucks were laid on for cardboard only to ensure recovery and recycling, from the various stalls etc.
Anne Sullivan, the Greening co-ordinator from Waterford County Council, arranged lots of volunteers to help out and, despite the high winds they managed to have a litter free festival and a very high level of recycling.
Waterford County Council’s encouraged all participants at the Festival to BeGreen by providing 10 recycling stations in addition to the existing bins throughout the festival during Saturday and Sunday. A three tier bin system similar to Waterford County Council’s Refuse Collection was implemented on the street in Dungarvan during Saturday and Sunday. All bins were clearly marked with the new generic bin labels approved by the BeGreen programme; Brown bin for food waste, Grey Bin for general waste and White Bin for recycling bottles and cans only. Each recycling station was manned by volunteer’s students and clubs from Mercyhurst, Build a Skate/BMX Park Committee Dungarvan, Dungarvan Tidy Towns, Dungarvan Rugby Club, Teens ’n Jeans Youth Club Ardmore, Ard Scoil and Abbeyside Girl Guides , Dungarvan Hill walking Club, Pitch & Putt Dungarvan. Well done to all the volunteers who helped festival goers use the right bins. The feedback from the festival was very positive and there was great praise for all the volunteers.
Over 20,000 people participated in the festival over 3 days. http://www.waterfordfestivaloffood.com/
The “Be Green award 2012” was presented by Anne Sullivan Education and Awareness Officer to Annie’s Roast from Cork. This award was adjudicated by the Environmental Health Officers who stated that they are a family friendly run business, food cooked to an excellent hygienic standard. They also segregate all their waste. (This award is retrospective as Environmental Health Officers are unable to give result on the day).
Well done Anne and all at West Waterford Festival of Food.
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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.
Waterford County Council is implementing Green Procurement Procedures as part of a broader move towards sustainable development across its policies. This includes a focus on the well-being and health of citizens, infrastructure for transport, water, waste and wastewater management, increased use of ICT and sustainable production and consumption of energy and food.
Using the open procedure, tenders were invited for the supply of a total of approximately 6,600 MWh per annum of electricity to Waterford County and City Councils.
The energy supplier appointed has confirmed that 100% of the energy supplied is from renewable sources. As a result of this tender and changes to Waterford’s energy management, its metered bill reduced from €1.54m in 2008 to €1.24m in 2009, a saving of €300,000. Due to increased energy prices in 2010, the annual electrical bill increased to €1.35m, but a benchmarking exercise with the prices of the previous (non-renewable) supplier revealed savings of €80,000. Additional savings resulted from energy efficiency measures.
Waterford County and City Councils have reduced the Maximum Import Capacity (MIC) at larger installations to match peak demand. In addition, the Councils have worked with the energy supplier to implement tariff audit processes, whereby each tariff was reviewed and, where appropriate, tariffs were restructured to yield cost savings.