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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.

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School projects for primary and transition year students.

 

What can I do?

 

VOICE Coordinator on-air with George Hook

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VOICE Coordinator on-air with George Hook

VOICE Coordinator on-air with George Hook

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The ’12 Wastes of Christmas’ – tips to reduce waste this Christmas

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The ’12 Wastes of Christmas’ – tips to reduce waste this Christmas

Tweet    Christmas has traditionally been a time of celebration and somewhat over-indulgence. Images of a Christmas tree shining with lights and baubles and a roaring fire with stockings hanging from the mantel are brought to mind. However, in our endeavours to make our homes festive and our stomachs full, we can overlook the amount of waste that the festive season brings. Figures from Repak show that in Ireland, our packaging waste increases by up to 25% over the holiday season, with a staggering 74,000 tonnes of used glass, paper and cardboard being produced (that’s 44 kilos of waste per household!). We get through 6 million rolls of wrapping paper, 50 million bottles of beer, 51 million beer cans, 3 million spirit bottles, 23 million wine bottles and 20 million soft drink cans. But it’s not just the packaging waste, the amount of food waste increases significantly as well, particularly for foods that are deemed traditional but not always relished at the Christmas Table. Another growing issue is the surplus of gifts at Christmas and the waste these also produce. With Deloitte research showing nearly 6,000,000 gifts go to children and WEEE Ireland estimating that there are over 20 million waste batteries lying in households on Christmas Day alone, the statistics for our small population are mounting… and that’s without considering all those pairs of unwanted socks! So, how can we help eliminate this excess waste without dampening our yuletide cheer?  Give your loved ones a gift of an experience, such as tickets to a show, a canal boat ride, flying lessons or  wildlife watching.  Give a gift you make yourself, such as jams, chutneys and mince pies. Re-use the wool from old jumpers to  make new ones.  Avoid buying over-packaged items and re-use existing gift bags, wrapping paper or ribbons.  Personalise the gift by making the wrapping yourself. For example, re-use fabric for wine bottle bags or  newspaper for wrapping and paper bows.  Make your own Christmas crackers from toilet or kitchen rolls or your own decorations using old jars, bottles,  fabric and newspaper. Pinterest has lots of great examples and it’s a great way to get the whole family involved.  Upcycle your old Christmas decorations to match your new décor.  Re-use and upcycle biscuit and sweet tins and glass jars and bottles to use as storage containers the rest of the  year.  Use rechargeable batteries and ensure any regular batteries are recycled. Many local supermarkets, libraries  and WEEE collection centres have collection boxes.  If you have a real Christmas tree, please recycle it at a designated tree recycling centre.  Recycle plastic, cardboard and paper that cannot be re-used and use bottle banks.  Make delicious meals using leftovers, including nutritious soups and chocolate brownies with cranberry sauce.  Heading out for that seasonal cuppa? Don’t forget your reusable coffee cup. Another bonus to reducing your consumption is also the savings on your wallet… now that’s something we can all be cheerful...

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A great night at Ballymore Eustace

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A great night at Ballymore Eustace

The Ballymore Eustace Tidy Towns group took part in one of our Food Rescue Events with top chef, Gillian Duff.

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LYCS Waste Not Want Not Fair

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LYCS Waste Not Want Not Fair

VOICE had a great day at the ‘Waste Not Want Not’ fair on October 18th helping to spread the word about food waste and its impact on the environment.

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Ballymore Eustace Tidy Town’s Food Rescue Event

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Ballymore Eustace Tidy Town’s Food Rescue Event

Come and join the Ballymore Eustace Tidy Towns Group for a Food Rescue Event on Friday, 21st October at 7:30 p.m.

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Creative Consumption Cashel!

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Creative Consumption Cashel!

In honour of National Reuse Month this October, Cashel is rowing in to promote creative consumption.

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Where Can I Recycle My Frayed Shirt?

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Where Can I Recycle My Frayed Shirt?

What do we do with our worn-out t-shirts, knickers, deflated pillows or stained duvets?

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Why Throw Away Your Takeaway Fork When You Can Eat It?

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Why Throw Away Your Takeaway Fork When You Can Eat It?

How many times have you been stumped about what to do with your plastic cutlery after a meal out?

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Can Ireland’s Flooding be Controlled?

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Can Ireland’s Flooding be Controlled?

Now that the waters have receded in most areas, now is the time to act to prevent such devastation occurring again.

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Food Waste Reduction Initiatives Sweep the Nation!

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Food Waste Reduction Initiatives Sweep the Nation!

Students take Food Waste Reduction Challenge

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