Waste prevention & resource efficiency for Limerick parks & horticultural staff and depot

horticultural graphicIn 2011 Limerick Clare Kerry Regional Waste Management Office and Limerick City Council came together to make the local authority’s Mill Road Horticultural Depot more sustainable.

A water & energy audit was carried out and an improvement programme initiated to reduce consumption in these areas.

An extensive training programme was also undertaken for staff and was led by Dr Compost Craig Benton & the RWMO. The purpose of the training was to encourage horticultural & Parks staff to undertake their duties in a more sustainable manner. For example prior to the training all organic material collected in parks was landfilled because it would contain some litter, this issue was addressed and screening of organic material in particular leaves was initiated  and the waste composted thereby diverting waste from landfill & saving money on disposal costs.

Following the audits and training LCC and RWMO then partnered with RX3 in a pilot study to look at the potential to improve sports turf management by using compost from organic waste collected in the region.


For further information contact:

Pauline McDonogh

Regional Waste Prevention Co-ordinator

Southern Region Waste Management Office

Tel: 061 496844/0872755538