Kilkenny County Council has been active in the promotion of waste prevention in 2015.
Utilising the local Tidy Towns network, schools and running clubs, the main focus of the work was the promotion of the Do One More Thing Initiative with the 12 active Tidy Towns groups spanning Kilkenny County. The work targeted the prevention of three waste streams: plastic, food & textiles.
The distribution of cotton bags via the Tidy Town’s network plants a seed on how easy prevention can be and the projects carried out, are a simple way to get people to think about prevention in practical terms.
Utilising the roll out of brown bins to promote food waste prevention is very opportune, as proven in other LAPN projects, it is only when complete separation of food waste occurs that households really engage with opportunities to prevent food waste.
The provision of reusable drinking bottles to those starting to train promoted reuse generally and encouraged the drinking of tap water – decreasing the trend of creating a habit to purchase single use water bottles for each training event.
The Funk Up A Jumper for Christmas was a good competition to encourage teenage participation and it could be easily replicated in other counties.
Kilkenny County Council’s partners for the projects were:
- 12 Tidy Towns groups that participate in the Kilkenny Tidy Towns Forum
- Fit for Life Running Group
- St John of Gods National School
- Dunmore Recycling Centre
- Kilkenny Secondary Schools
- Kilkenny City
- Kilkenny City Harriers (Juniors)
- Local media
The work was promoted using the Kilkenny Reporter and The Kilkenny People newspapers as well as on social media.
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