Sustainability

A “Greener” Oughterard Show

This page has been developed as part of the Oughterard show 2018 commitment to sustainability. Information and awareness is the first step in making our lives more sustainable.

The links below to the various websites will not provide all the answers but they will introduce ideas and ways in which we can make our lives more sustainable. We hope to continue to add links on this page long after the festival is over and through these links we will contribute to achieving sustainable development.

Help make the Oughterard Show more sustainable

 

Tips for making your visit to the Oughterard Show more sustainable

  • Bring a reusable coffee cup
  • Bring a reusable water bottle
  • Bring a reusable shopping bag
  • Buy local to support local economy
  • Ensure that you segregate your waste into the proper bins provided – if you are not sure, ask someone!
  • Don’t litter
  • Avoid using single use items, e.g. disposable knives and forks, coffee stirrers,
  • Avoid packaging by buying loose produce, if possible
  • Consider using public transport or why not cycle to the event?

Galway County Council

Galway County Council is responsible for the administrative area of County Galway, excluding Galway City. The Council is responsible for the planning, design and construction of important infrastructures, such as roads, water supply, drainage facilities and certain social and quasi-social services, such as housing, fire stations, libraries and burial grounds.  http://www.galway.ie/en/

The Connacht Ulster Waste Region

The Connacht Ulster Region is one of three regional groups of authorities assembled in the State for the purpose of managing wastes. This is the first waste plan to cover the geographical area of the Connacht Ulster Region. The new region stretches from Galway in the west, to Donegal in the north and to Monaghan in the north east and in total consists of 9 local authorities. The region has appointed Mayo County Council, as the regional lead, to act on behalf of the other authorities with responsibility for the successful implementation of the plan.

Stop Food Waste

Stop Food Waste is a programme funded under the EPA National Waste Prevention Programme. Waste Prevention is the preferred waste management in Ireland.  The website is full of information and tips on how to prevent food waste.

www.stopfoodwaste.ie

Conscious Cup Campaign

The Conscious Cup Campaign was started in late 2016 by a group of concerned individuals who, inspired by similar initiatives of cafes and citizens around the world, are aiming to reduce and eventually eliminate single use cups in Ireland.

www.consciouscup.ie

Refill Ireland

The Refill.ie voluntary project aims to prevent plastic waste through reducing the amount of single use drinking water plastic bottles we consume in Ireland of which a very significant portion end up on our streets, waterways and seas, but whilst keeping us all healthy, hydrated and saving money at the same time. Simply put, if the waste is not created in the first instance, there is no waste management problem.

https://www.refill.ie/ 

The Local Authority Waters and Communities Office (LAWCO)

The Waters and Communities Office was set up in February 2016 to promote better management of our streams, rivers, lakes, estuaries, coastal waters and groundwater for the benefit of present and future generations. This is not only a legal requirement of the EU Water Framework Directive, it is in all our best interests.

www.watersandcommunities.ie

Recycling List Ireland

The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in conjunction with the 3 Regional Waste Offices and the Waste Industry has compiled a definitive list of recyclable items. This is the first single national standard list of items that you can recycle. However, as per the Waste Hierarchy, prevention of waste in the first place is the preferred option.

www.recyclinglistireland.ie

WEEE Ireland

For information and advice on recycling all your WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) at household, retail and manufacturing level contact WEEE Ireland.

www.weeeireland.ie

An Taisce Clean Coasts

Clean Coasts engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. The programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is currently funded by the Department of the Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government and Fáilte Ireland. Clean Coasts is made up of two main elements; Clean Coasts Volunteering and the Green Coast Award.

www.cleancoasts.org

The Food Waste Charter for Ireland

The Food Waste charter for Ireland was introduced in response to the country’s commitment to achieve a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030.  The Charter, introduced at the Forum on Food Waste in March 2017, was signed into effect by The Minister for Communication, Climate Action & Environment and the Director General of the Environment Protection Agency.  The Charter aims to provide a collective commitment for people, businesses and communities.  This commitment involves implementing at least one food waste prevention action within the first year of signing up, and putting measures in place to carry out future actions by 2020.

No one section of the food system can reduce Ireland’s food waste.  It is only through collaboration and a shared vision that this ambitious goal can be achieved.

http://foodwastecharter.ie/the-charter

Green Business

Green Business is a free and confidential resource efficiency service for all types of SMEs in Ireland. The service is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the National Waste Prevention Programme with the objective of delivering substantive resource efficiency improvements and cost savings, through waste prevention and reductions in water and energy consumption.

www.greenbusiness.ie

SEAI-Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

SEAI is Ireland’s national sustainable energy authority. Their vision is for Ireland’s energy to be sustainable, secure, affordable, and clean. To achieve this, Ireland must use less energy, move to clean energy, and innovate to create new solutions to meet our energy needs. Leading the transition to smarter and more sustainable energy activities is central to what they do.

www.seai.ie

Back to Basics

Back to Basics is an initiative run by the three Regional Waste Offices and funded by your Local Authorities. It shows the best ways to reduce waste and show you the best possible ways to deal with the waste you have produced.

www.bit.ly/2vwLbfl

Free Trade Ireland

FreeTrade Ireland is a unique public service allowing you to pass on and pick-up items free of charge. Get involved today and start saving money and protecting your environment

www.freetradeireland.ie

EPA –Live Green

The content of this portal will provide advice, awareness and education on sustainability at home and in your community.

www.epa.ie/livegreen

EPA- Ireland’s Environment

This online resource provides up to date information about Ireland’s environment

www.epa.ie/irelandsenvironment