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SofaWhen we think about waste, most people think about the bins we put out to be collected each week or the litter on our roads and scattered in the countryside.  We don’t worry about where it goes, as long as it is taken away.  As they say, out of sight, out of mind.

However, proper waste management is the responsibility of all of us.

 

In Ireland, we generate nearly 20 million tonnes of waste each year, of which 1 million tonnes is food waste.  Much of this waste is preventable, reusable, repairable or recyclable.  We need to look at waste not as something to bury or to burn, but as a resource to be reused or refabricated.  As they say, one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure.

The EU is issuing new guidelines and recycling targets for all Member States looking for 70% recycling level for all municipal waste by 2030.  The EU and Ireland as well supports the circular economy to ensure the proper management of valuable renewable and non-renewable resources.  For instance, mobile phones contain many valuable natural resources such as gold which can be extracted to be used again.

We all must be mindful of the Earth’s limited resources and promote innovative thinking and effective eco-design of new products. This can be done only through the behavioural change of government, businesses and individuals alike.

What is VOICE doing?

  • VOICE represents the Environmental Pillar on the Regional Waste Advisory Council, which is drawing up three new regional waste plans
  • VOICE wrote the Environmental Pillar Submission for the draft regional waste plans.
  • VOICE spear-headed the establishment of the resource efficiency working group within the Environmental Pillar.
  • VOICE advocates for the adoption of a deposit/refund scheme for drinks containers.
  • VOICE opposes the construction of incinerators or Waste to Energy (WtE) plants.
  • VOICE is pushing for zero-waste initiatives.

Resources:

Blogs

School projects for primary and transition year students.

 

What can I do?

 

Ireland’s First Zero Waste Festival

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Ireland’s First Zero Waste Festival

An organic movement has begun in Ireland to embrace zero waste.

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Join The Recycling Ambassador Team!

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Join The Recycling Ambassador Team!

We are now recruiting a team to manage our newly launched Recycling Ambassador Programme

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VOICE Launches Nationwide Recycling and Waste Management Workshops

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VOICE Launches Nationwide Recycling and Waste Management Workshops

VOICE Ireland will manage 25 Waste Ambassadors to run workshops with communities

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Support the Waste Reduction Bill

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Support the Waste Reduction Bill

Build momentum for the new Waste Reduction Bill

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Our Summer 2017 Newsletter is out!

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Our Summer 2017 Newsletter is out!

Tweet Want to know more about sustainable consumption, extreme environmentalism and how to live without plastic? Lots of tips on how to reduce your waste in our...

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Food Rescue Tea Party!

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Food Rescue Tea Party!

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.

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Food Rescue and Burren Food Trail collaborate!

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Food Rescue and Burren Food Trail collaborate!

Earth Day saw Voice carry out a very special collaboration with the Burren Food Trail in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare! Read on to hear more about this enjoyable, engaging event.

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Food Rescue Ballyclough generates funds for local school!

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Food Rescue Ballyclough generates funds for local school!

On April 4th, the due behind We Make Do held a successful Food Rescue event in Ballyclough Cork which raised €600 for the local school and fed approximately 80 local people with food that would have gone to waste! Read more here.

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Food Rescue at the 5 Lamps Arts Festival!

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Food Rescue at the 5 Lamps Arts Festival!

On Saturday 1st April, VOICE history was made as for the first time ever, our Food Rescue was brought to the 5 Lamps Arts Festival.

For two hours on a rainy April Fools Day, a bustling atmosphere filled the hall of SWAN Youth Services. We had cooking demonstrations, music, a ‘coffee upcycling’ station, a recipe and skill-share with Connect the Dots and a documentary screening of a film about food waste. What a way to spend a wet Saturday afternoon! Read all about it here.

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Launch of Towards Zero Waste Cashel!

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Launch of Towards Zero Waste Cashel!

Cashel Co. Tipperary recently followed in the footsteps of San Francisco and Ljubljana as Zero Waste Cashel was Launch ZWCofficially launched.

“Towards Zero Waste Cashel” is an 18-month pilot initiative which promotes reducing waste and repairing and repurposing items, and was officially launched last Thursday March 2nd at the Rock of Cashel. Cashel is the first town in Ireland to make the journey towards zero waste a reality.

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