The Special Olympics in Limerick Goes Green!

Special-Olympics-Ireland-logoGreat efforts are being made in Limerick this year to green the Special Olympics. 

On June 12th 1,500 Special Olympians, 500 coaches and many thousands of family, friends and spectators will descend on Limerick for the 2014 Games. This year extra effort has gone in to make sure the Games are not only bigger & better but also greener as well. Special Olympics games organisers are working with the Southern Region Waste Management Office and Local Contractor Mr. Binman to ensure all waste from the games is segregated and where possible waste is prevented as well. Its anticipated that most of the waste will comprise either compostable waste such as left-over food after meals or recyclable waste such as water bottles & juice cartons. There will be very little waste that will require landfilling.

All Special Olympics Athletes will stay in accommodation in UL and the majority of the games will take place there as well but other venues such as Ballykisteen Golf Club, Clonshire Equestrian Centre and Mary Immaculate college have all come on board to ensure waste is prevented, recycled or composted. Athletes & supporters will travel by coach to outlying venues to reduce congestion as well as contributing to Limerick’s Smarter Travel policy.

Other greening measures include the use of compostable coffee cups at the Family & Guest Centre, Park & Ride for volunteers and Spectators and the use of social media rather than printed pamphlets & flyers.

image002Check out the fully compostable, custom printed ‘Special Olympics’ cups sponsored and provided by down2earch materials by clicking here.

Best of luck to all the Athletes on June 12th!

For more information on greening this event contact:

Pauline McDonogh,

Regional Waste Prevention Co-ordinator Southern Region Waste Management Office


Tel: 061 496844/0872755538


Twitter: @preventwaste