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.
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.
- 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
School projects for primary and transition year students.
The Ballymore Eustace Tidy Towns group took part in one of our Food Rescue Events with top chef, Gillian Duff.read more
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.read more
Come and join the Ballymore Eustace Tidy Towns Group for a Food Rescue Event on Friday, 21st October at 7:30 p.m.read more
In honour of National Reuse Month this October, Cashel is rowing in to promote creative consumption.read more
What do we do with our worn-out t-shirts, knickers, deflated pillows or stained duvets?read more
How many times have you been stumped about what to do with your plastic cutlery after a meal out?read more
Now that the waters have receded in most areas, now is the time to act to prevent such devastation occurring again.read more
Students take Food Waste Reduction Challengeread more
VOICE had an extremely busy weekend, bringing ‘Food Rescue’ to the Flavours of Fingal & the Taste of Wicklow.read more