Tidy Towns


These pages showcase “circular economy” ideas, and some examples of what local authorities and communities in Ireland are doing to improve sustainability.

From its inception, the Local Authority Prevention Network (LAPN) has been working with local communities to support sustainability.

The ideas and examples in these pages are especially useful for inspiration for the EPA’s Circular Economy Award in the Tidy Towns competition.


The award is open to ANY community group (not just Tidy Towns).

Waste prevention is any initiative to reduce waste, water use, energy use or use of materials. This can be something done by the Community, Homes, Businesses, Schools, and Festivals with your local authority or other organisations.

Winners of the EPA award for waste prevention in 2019:

National Award Winner 2019: Dromiskin TidyTowns – Co. Louth

Highly commended 2019:

Cobh Zero Waste – Cobh TidyTowns, Co. Cork

Enfield TidyTowns – Co. Meath

Additional 2019 prize (sponsored by the Clean Technology Centre at Cork Institute of Technology): – Arklow Tidy Towns, Co. Wicklow for their xeriscape garden project

Winners in 2017:
National Award Winner 2017: Raheny Tidy Village Group
Highly commended 2017:
Ballyleague Village Renewal & TidyTowns Committee, Co. Roscommon
Coiste Forbartha Charraig Airt, Co. Donegal

Additional 2017 prize – Most Innovative Project: Carlingford, Co Louth

Winners in 2016:
National Award Winner 2016: Blackrock Tidy Towns, Co. Louth
Highly commended 2016:
– Raphoe Tidy Towns, Co. Donegal
– Greystones Tidy Towns, Co. Wicklow

Winners in 2015:
National Award Winner 2015: Glaslough TidyTowns, Co. Monaghan
Highly commended 2015:
– Sligo TidyTowns Partnership, Co. Sligo
– Abbey Village, Loughrea, Co. Galway

Additional prize – Most Innovative Project: Moyross Residents’ Forum

Winners in 2014:
National Award Winner 2014: Ballon Improvement Group, County Carlow
Highly commended 2014:
– Blackrock Tidy Towns, Co. Louth
– Milltown Tidy Towns, Co. Galway

Pick a topic of interest to see what you could do.

Monaghan TidyTowns Sustainable Waste & Resource Management Conference, April 2016

TT PosterSee the presentations from a conference hosted by Monaghan County Council on the Tidy Towns category “Sustainable Waste Management & Resource Use” (or SWARM):


Tidy Town Tales

Waste prevention ideas