Environmental Sustainability

GREEN BUILDING & SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

SEAI work with homeowners, businesses, communities and government to transform how we think about, generate and use energy.

LOCAL FOOD & FOOD SECURITY

National Waste Prevention Programme has been rolled out nationally. The aim is to create awareness of where our food waste goes and why? What we can do about it or prevent it.

Food Waste

Ireland generates approximately 1 million tonnes of food waste per year (not including wasted food from agriculture); which represents a carbon footprint as high as 3.6 Mt CO2eq.

  • 40% of this comes from food processing operations.
  • 60% of it comes from the household and commercial sector.
    • Household and commercial food waste is of concern because of the high level of embedded resources and the different waste collection mechanisms.

Commercial Food Waste accounts for €200 million annually

For tips on preventing food waste CLICK HERE

COMMUNITY ENERGY TRANSITION

Recycleit Recycle IT is a community based social enterprise specialising in recycling Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Recycle IT will take any electrical items with a plug or a battery.

If you have any disused electrical equipment in your home Recycle It
  • This includes dual purpose business and household appliances like;
    • Computers, Printers,
    • Washing machines, Dishwashers or fridges.
    • Cookers, TVs
  • Small battery-operated devices;
    • Electric toothbrushes,
    • Mobile phones and pocket radios.

LOCAL ENTERPRISE

The Irish Charity Shops Association is the umbrella group for charities who operate shops to fundraise for their causes and the ICSA is funded exclusively by charity members. Members range from large national charities to local, community based charities and our 40 members operate over 450 shops nationwide. All our members are registered with the Charities Regulator and have CHY registration with the Revenue Commissioners. All members have also signed up to our Code of Charity Retailing that is a condition of their membership.

Revamp 3R Store is a non-profit organisation set up in 2002 in conjunction with Fás Ireland and Focus Ireland. The project aim is to combine recycling and provide furniture for the disadvantaged with training and the provision of employment opportunities for long-term unemployed young people.

DIGITAL MANUFACTURING

The Rediscovery Centre is an accredited Discover Primary  Science and Maths centre. Our education team offer interactive and experiential workshops for primary, secondary, and third level students which cover wide ranging environmental and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) topics. The Centre’s translational research activities support national waste prevention and climate action policy and advocate for a more resilient and equitable society.

COMMUNITY RESILIENCE

The Tidy Towns Competition was originally launched in 1958 by Bord Fáilte. The efforts of committees to address issues such as climate change and to bring about behavioural change with regard to issues such as littering are to be commended. Increased awareness of nature and biodiversity in our surroundings are linked to the actions of Tidy Towns committees.

Every Can Counts is an EU initiative across member states to recycle cans. They work closely with Tidy Towns, Businesses and Festivals to promote recycling of aluminium.

Tidy Drimnagh is an environmental initiative run by residents of Drimnagh Formed in 2017, Tidy Drimnagh aims to promote a cleaner environment in the area by uniting residents, businesses, schools and community groups with the objective of making Drimnagh a better place to live in, work in and visit.

Green-Schools is Ireland’s leading environmental management and education programme for schools. Our schools in Drimnagh participate in environmental awareness campaigns;

SUSTAINABLE LIVING

Cloth Nappy Library Disposable nappies make up a whopping 4% of the waste currently being added to landfills and they are estimated to take 500 years to decompose. So, whether it is a local Napacino, New Nappy or Borrow a Nappy Campaign, look no further than this nationwide campaign.

Eco Mattress Recycling allows you to recycle your mattress in a most appropriate sustainable way.

Free Trade Ireland. Funded by the Environmental Protection Agency. The site is a free online reuse service which allows its users to pass on unwanted items for free, from beds and furniture to electronic goods and garden equipment and more. 

Repak deals with the circular economy. Repak funds your household recycling bin and civic amenities all over Ireland. Repak Members have helped divert over 11.8 million tonnes of packaging from landfill since 1997.

Tap Tips is a useful guide for homeowners, businesses and children offering advice on how to preserve water.

Healthy Living

Our Lady of Counsel Secondary School, Drimnagh participates in health and well-being at Drimnagh Boxing Club

EU Directive

Single Use Plastics is the first Europe-wide strategy on plastics and is part of the transition towards a more circular economy. 

Packaging & Packaging Waste Material The preferred waste management option, apart from reduction and reuse, is recycling, hence there are no recovery targets in the future.  The new legislation must be transposed into Irish Law by 5 July 2020.