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Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Blog, General News, Waste |

VOICE Launches Nationwide Recycling and Waste Management Workshops

VOICE Launches Nationwide Recycling and Waste Management Workshops

Tweet  VOICE Ireland will manage 25 Waste Ambassadors to run workshops with communities across Ireland beginning this Autumn. Over 600 workshops will be held to help people manage and reduce their waste. Supported by the Government, VOICE will work with the three regional waste authorities: the Southern Region, Connaught Ulster Region and the Midlands Eastern Region, to address confusion around how best to implement the three ‘R’s: reduce, recycle and rot. VOICE will be forming a new team to run this project; VOICE Coordinator Mindy O’Brien says, “people are hugely confused as to which bin to put their recyclables and waste, we plan to go out into communities to provide helpful hints on how to reduce household waste streams and how to sort waste properly.  We are very excited about this hands-on approach and cannot wait to hire and train our new team of waste ambassadors and tackle waste in a real way.” We are currently looking for individuals interested in running these workshops. VOICE has long pushed for...

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Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in Blog, General News, Waste |

Support the Waste Reduction Bill

Support the Waste Reduction Bill

Tweet  One of our main projects this summer has been building momentum on the new Waste Reduction Bill, introduced by the Green Party, due for debate in the Dail this evening. This bill would make Ireland cleaner and greener. By banning disposable plastic plates, cups, and other tableware, (including one of the most notoriously inefficient single-use items, plastic coffee cups) take-aways, coffee shops and supermarkets would be encouraged to offer compostable packaging.  Additionally, we encourage shops to offer discounts to patrons who bring their own reusable containers and coffee cups. The Conscious Cup Campaign have recently launched and are asking coffee shops to support the transition away from single use coffee cups and support people who bring a reusable cup by offering a discount. The waste bill would also introduce a deposit/refund scheme for drinks containers to motivate people to return their glass and plastic bottles and aluminum cans to reclaim their deposit.  Incentives like these will reduce the amount of litter strewn around our countryside, streams and beaches....

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Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Blog, Food Waste, General News, Waste |

Food Rescue Tea Party!

Food Rescue Tea Party!

Tweet  On May 25th, VOICE had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with St. Laurence O’Toole’s third and fourth class students to host a Food Waste Tea Party. We used the fantastic kitchen facilities of Sheriff Street Recreation Centre just across from the school, who run regular cooking classes and food educational events with the local community. We were very impressed with their set up and community composting. This event was to demonstrate to the young girls that old or funny looking fruit veg can be transformed into delicious cakes and other tasty treats. Carrot and orange cake was the mission of the day, and it all began with a lot of muscle power to grate the carrots and squeeze the oranges. The food, provided by FoodCloud, was all rescued supermarket produce. The carrots, oranges, yogurts and dried fruit we used would have all been destined for the bin simply because of ‘sell by’ dates on the packaging. The cake prep was messy, fun and crazy as you can...

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