– Read about the furniture restoration course in Cabinteely
Stopping Food Waste
In conjunction with DLRCoCo and Irish Peatland Conservation we ran a ‘Stop Food Waste’ course in June 2017.
In March 2018 Cabinteely Tidy Towns ran a free Recycling Workshop with VOICE and WEEE information evening.
Waste reduction and prevention is top of the waste management hierarchy. There are lots of ways we can reduce our waste and with simple changes we really can make a difference.
Cabinteely Tidy Towns has registered as a Group with Greenhome. If you would also like to save on your energy bills while saving the planet you should register too.
Once registered, please complete the Pre-Greenhome Survey to establish your household’s Green credentials. This only takes five minutes and is food for thought. All of the information you provide is data protected. Having received your score and identified areas for improvement, follow the tips provided under the Green Home Themes Section for 3 months and complete the Post-Greenhome Survey. Hopefully you will have reduced your household bills while protecting the environment. A good result!
Top tips for reducing waste in your home
- Use the tips here to kill weeds and make your own weed killer
- Have a garden composter for organic waste like vegetable peelings, food leftovers, teabags, fruit peelings, garden waste and divert 1/3 of your waste away from landfill
- Buy fruit and vegetables that have no unnecessary packaging, e.g. bananas don’t need a bag and pick your own loose mushrooms and put them in a paper bag instead of ones pre-packed in plastic
- Where possible buy groceries packed in recyclable packaging like glass or cardboard instead of foil and plastic, e.g. loose washing powder in a cardboard box instead of individually wrapped portions of detergent
- Use a lunchbox for your sandwiches or salad and don’t wrap them in plastic
- Use washable kitchen cloths instead of disposable wipes / kitchen towels
- Bring your own bags for all shopping trips – clothes, books, toys and groceries
- Re-use paper and plastic shopping bags as many times as possible
- Buy a battery recharger and use recyclable batteries
- Where possible buy larger containers, e.g. a 2-litre bottle of cola instead of a few small bottles or cans
- Don’t dump old clothes or furniture –
- Give gifts in re-useable gift bags instead on wrapping paper.
- Use cloth nappies…by using cloth nappies even some of the time you are saving money and helping the environment.
Top tips for reducing waste in your workplace
- Photocopy and print on both sides of the page
- Proof-read documents and read emails on screen rather than printing them out
- Use mugs and glasses instead of paper / plastic / polystyrene containers for hot and cold drinks
- Don’t dump used printer, fax and photocopier cartridges – most suppliers and many charities collect returns
- Separate office paper, cardboard, newspapers, plastic bottles and organic waste and get it recycled – you will save money as well as the environment
- Use stainless steel cutlery instead of plastic
- Use salt & pepper cellars instead of pre-packed sachets
- Re-use envelopes and jiffy bags
- Have a garden composter for organic waste like teabags, fruit peelings
- In the canteen, encourage staff to take only the number of serviettes and condiments they really need