VOICE Recycling Ambassador Programme is an initiative funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, and the Regional Waste Management Offices and REPAK to improve Ireland’s recycling rates and reduce levels of contamination in household recycling bins.
Many of us have become confused about what can and cannot be recycled in our recycling bins. VOICE Ireland’s Recycling Ambassador Programme intends to show you what you can recycle in your household bin.
To find out more visit VOICE Recycling Ambassador Programme.
What’s the problem with waste?
When 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.
Some of our work on waste:
- Represent the Environmental Pillar on the Regional Waste Advisory Council, which is drawing up three new regional waste plans.
- Wrote the Environmental Pillar Submission for the draft regional waste plans.
- Spear-headed the establishment of the resource efficiency working group within the Environmental Pillar.
- Advocates for the adoption of a deposit/refund scheme for drinks containers.
- Opposes the construction of incinerators or Waste to Energy (WtE) plants.
- Pushing for zero-waste initiatives.
- What do all these recycling symbols mean?
- Our Disposable Economy
- The Big Upcycle
- How Can We Promote Zero Waste with the Poolbeg Incinerator?
- Green Your First Day of School
- SME’s Save Money by Going Green
- Support a Container Deposit/Refund Scheme
- Personal Actions
And we’re off!! Thanks to all who came out to help us launch our new project this morning, we are delighted to have this up and running. Our team of ambassadors are all set and ready to host recycling workshops all across the country!read more
VOICE Coordinator, Mindy O’Brien, chats with Lawrence from the Green Party to share tips on cutting down on plastic waste, why it’s important, and what can be done to reduce the ever increasing amounts of plastic polluting our environment.read more
An organic movement has begun in Ireland to embrace zero waste.read more
VOICE Ireland will manage 25 Waste Ambassadors to run workshops with communitiesread more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more