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Free saplings for National Tree Week 2020

Free saplings for National Tree Week 2020

Tree Council of Ireland and Coillte are again partnering for National Tree Week which takes place 21st – 27th March 2020 and this year’s theme is “Healthy Trees Healthy Planet”.

This is to promote tree health and the important role trees play in protecting our planet by taking on climate change and providing natural renewable resources. It also references the health benefits, both physical and mental, that trees and forests provide.

The Tree Council has provide a number of saplings such as oak, birch, alder, and rowan to Waterford City and County Council for the community. Schools and community groups can register their events with the Tree Council (https://www.treecouncil.ie/registeranevent) and then contact Waterford City & County Council to obtain saplings, subject to availability.

Contact eryan@waterfordcouncil.ie or 0761 10 2020) #treeweek2020

Schools Competition from “The Let Dandelions Bee” campaign

The Let Dandelions Bee campaign wants you to give the mower a rest for just a short few weeks while the dandelions bloom this Spring.

@BioDataCentre says dandelions are our wild bees’ most favourite food! Wild bees do most of our most pollination, but their numbers have been declining. So, let’s give them a hand this Spring by letting dandelions grow in our lawns. Why not enter the schools competitions, photo competition, and more…

Primary Schools Competition – Primary Schools Competition – win a biodiversity workshop & €200 of bee-friendly plants for your school, & a €50 One4all voucher for the winning entrant. We have such a prize for 3 primary schools from anywhere on the island of Ireland. To enter, draw up a poster that shows how important dandelions are for bees in Spring. Entry details and our website coming soon … Ends Friday 3rd April (just before Easter holidays)

Secondary Schools Competition – Secondary Schools Competition – win a biodiversity workshop and €200 of bee-friendly plants for your school, & a €50 One4all voucher for the winning entrant. Prizes for 3 secondary schools from anywhere on the island of Ireland. To enter, draw up a 3-post social media campaign that shows how important dandelions are for bees in Spring. Entry details and our website coming soon … Ends Friday 3rd April.

Waste Prevention Grant Scheme 2020

Tugann an scéim seo tacaíocht do ghrúpaí pobail céimeanna a thógaint chun cosc a chur ar dhramhaíl agus chun gníomhaíochtaí ath-úsáide agus deisithe a chur chun cinn go háitiúil, ag spreagadh chomhpháirtíochta idir gnóthaí áitiúla, scoileanna, carthanachtaí agus grúpaí deonacha.

Tá Comhairle Cathrach agus Contae Phort Láirge ag tabhairt seans do ghrúpaí pobail cosc ar dhramhaíl a chur chun cinn i mbliana, ag tabhairt deise dóibh féachaint ar dhramhaíl i slí difriúil, féachaint an féidir linn ár n-acmhainní a láimhseáil i slí níos fearr agus geilleagar ciorclach a spreagadh.

Déanfar measúnú i gcomhair mhaoinithe ar thionscadail a bhfuil aidhm shonrach acu, atá ag díriú ar ghrúpa faoi leith agus gur féidir leo an méid dramhaíl atá cosctha a mheas (de réir meáchain) laistigh de thréimhse an tionscadail. Déanfar tionscadail a mheas bunaithe ar chritéir mheasúnaithe áirithe agus is ceart go mbeadh aghaidh tugtha ar na critéir seo i sonraí an iarratais; ní mor duit a bheith eolaíoch ar na critéir mheasúnaithe faoina mbeidh do thionscadal á mheas (mar atá léirithe ar an bhfoirm iarratais).

Sé €500 an t-uasmhéid atá ar fáil do gach tionscadal chosc ar dhramhaíl a fhaigheann maoiniú. I measc na dtionscadal a bhfuair maoiniú cheana bhí ceardlanna pobail uaschúrsála trínar cruthaíodh táirgí inbhuanaithe ó dhramhaíl, cosc ar dhramhaíl bia, imeachtaí deisiúcháin/uaschúrsála le linn Mí Athúsáidte (Deireadh Fómhair gach bliain), ceardlanna deisithe rothar agus tionscadail a spreagann daoine chun fáil réidh le plaisteach aon-úsáide laistigh den bpobal.

Conas Iarratas a Dhéanamh:

Tá an fhoirm iarratais don Deontas chun Dramhaíl a Chosc ar fáil ag http://bit.ly/WastePreventionGrant2020  nó ón Rannóg Comhshaoil, Comhairle Cathrach & Contae Phort Láirge, uimhir ghutháin 0761 10 20 20. Is ceart an fhoirm iarratais a líonadh isteach agus í a sheoladh ar ais go dtí an Rannóg Comhshaoil faoin spriocdháta 13 Márta 2020.


This scheme supports communities to take steps on waste prevention, re-use and repair activities in their local areas, and encourage partnership between local businesses, schools, charities and voluntary groups.

Waterford City and County Council is offering community groups an opportunity this year to promote waste prevention, creating an opportunity to look at waste differently and to determine if we can handle our resources better and encourage a circular economy.

Funding will be considered for projects with a definitive aim, targeting a specific group and can provide an estimate of waste prevented (by weight) within the project period.  Projects will be assessed by assessment criteria and these criteria should be reflected in the project details; be aware of the assessment criteria against which your project will be evaluated (illustrated on the application form).

The maximum funding for each waste prevention project is €500.  Previous examples of funded projects include up-cycling community workshops creating sustainable products from waste, food waste prevention, repair/up-cycling events for Re-Use Month (October annually), bicycle repair workshops and projects that encourage the elimination of single use plastic within a community setting.

How to Apply:

The waste prevention grant application form is available at http://bit.ly/WastePreventionGrant2020  or from the Environment Section, Waterford City and County Council, phone no.: 0761 10 20 20. The Grant Application Form should be completed and returned to the Environment Section for consideration by the closing date 13th March 2020.

Relocation of Bring Site Facility at Millar’s Marsh

Waterford City & County Council wishes to advise that for operational reasons, the Bottle Banks & Textile Banks have been relocated from Millar’s Marsh to Waterside Car Park.

No Waste Is To Be Deposited At the Old Location. Offenders Will Be Prosecuted


Mr F Galvin

Director of Services
Waterford City & County Council
February 2020

Waterford Council ends Single Use Plastics

A Single Use Plastics Policy was adopted at the recent meeting of the Plenary Council  on 13th February. This policy will result in the elimination of single use plastics from all Council buildings, hired venues, catering and all events organised by Waterford City & County Council.

In addition, all events licensed or funded by Waterford City & County Council will be required to demonstrate measures to eliminate single use plastics and segregation of waste during and after the event and their subsequent disposal.

Following a draft prepared by the SPC for Environment, Climate Action and Biodiversity, the policy was brought to the Plenary Council where it was adopted, with immediate effect.

“Plastic is designed to last forever but is often used just once. Single-use plastic includes products such as straws, bottles, cups and cutlery; any plastic item that’s made for temporary use”, said Fergus Galvin, Director of Services for Roads, Water and Environment.

“Although we might not think much of it when we buy bottles of our favorite drink or buy a sandwich in a plastic box, these choices have a serious impact on the health of our planet and ourselves. This policy enables us to say a firm ‘no’ to single use plastics in our organisation. We are now building on the existing ban on single use bottles and cups in the Council Chambers by extending a ban on all single use plastics across the range of Council buildings and events.”

ENDS

Background: In January 2018, the European Commission adopted the first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics. The strategy envisages that all plastic packaging on the EU market will be recyclable by 2030, the consumption of single-use plastics will be reduced and the intentional use of micro plastics will be restricted. This strategy will transform the way products are designed, produced, used, and recycled in the EU. One of the first key legislative proposals to emerge on foot of the EU Plastics Strategy was the “Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment”, which was published on 28 May 2018.

In January 2019, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Minister Richard Bruton T.D. announced that government departments, public bodies, and schools will lead the way in the response to cutting down on single use plastics, with a number of measures, including no longer purchasing single-use plastic cups, cutlery and straws for use within their offices.

The single-use plastics directive which was adopted in May 2019 builds on the EU’s existing waste legislation but goes further by setting stricter rules for those types of products and packaging which are among the top ten most frequently found items polluting European beaches. The new rules ban the use of certain throwaway plastic products for which alternatives exist. In addition, specific measures are introduced to reduce the use of the most frequently littered plastic products.  Ireland has supported the ambition of this proposal throughout all the negotiations.

Anti-Litter and Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant 2020

Waterford City and Council invites submissions from community groups, youth groups, schools or other community development organisations, based in County Waterford, who are interested in receiving funding for public education and awareness initiatives regarding litter or graffiti.

Is your group planning a project to raise litter awareness in County Waterford by holding a cleanup, running an event or creating an information board?

Or maybe you are planning an anti-graffiti awareness initiative? If so, you may be eligible for a grant towards the cost of the project.

Conditions and criteria used in selecting anti-litter and anti-graffiti awareness community initiatives:

1. All projects should seek to promote greater public awareness and education in relation to litter and/or graffiti and should have a particular focus on involving schools, youth groups, environmental groups, voluntary groups or community groups.
2. Grants should be used, where possible, to leverage local business co-funding of anti-litter or anti-graffiti education/awareness measures.
3. If successful a payment of 50 % of the approved grant shall be paid to the name of the
Organisation specified on the Grant Application form. Please ensure that this name is the sameas the name on the Organisation’s bank account. The balance grant of the remaining 50% will be paid following receipt of a completion grant form and evidence of monies spent.
4. Projects that receive funding will be obliged to submit a completion report on their project in 2020 detailing expenditure.
5. Projects should be to a high standard and should aim at establishing or replicating best
practice in relation to litter or graffiti education/awareness measures. Please note only
applications with education awareness will be considered. The grant is not for structural items, such as street furniture, signs or CCTV cameras etc.

How to apply:
1. The application form for this grant is available from the http://bit.ly/AntiLitterGrant2020 or by phoning 0761 10 20 20
2. The grant application form should be completed and returned to the Environment Section for consideration by the closing date 7th March 2020.

Celebrate World Wetlands Day this Sunday, February 2nd

World Wetlands Day occurs annually on February 2nd, marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands signed in Ramsar, Iran on February 2  in 1971. It was established to raise awareness about the value of wetlands for  amenity and recreation, wildlife habitats and  treatment of pollution and flood control. Two events are being organised for Sunday February 2nd  by Waterford City& County Council as part of the Irish Ramsar Committee’s celebration of World Wetlands Day.

At 11 am join naturalist and wildlife photographer  Paddy Dwan for  a guided walk along the wonderful  Anne Valley Wetlands.   Meet at the Anne Valley Car Park in Dunhill at 11 a.m.

At 2pm John Power  and the West Waterford Eco Group will lead a guided walk overlooking Dungarvan Harbour which is one of Ireland’s 45 designated Ramsar sites. This is  a perfect time of year to appreciate  visiting wintering birdlife  around our shores – Brent Geese, Golden Plover, Godwits, Curlew, Dunlin and Redshank. John and his colleagues  will be on hand to help you identify these birds  and they  will have spotting scopes and binoculars to help closer identification.  Meet at the Pitch and Putt Car park  below at the Sports Centre at 2pm.

Find out more  about World Wetlands Day on irishwetlands.ie

Take the Pledge – Prevent food waste this Christmas

Will you take the pledge to go a week without food waste?

More than a quarter of food produced is wasted.

We’re asking people to make a pledge to try and go a week without wasting food. We’re not talking about peelings and banana skins, it’s about that half loaf of stale bread or leftovers in the fridge. Go ahead, give it a try.

MAKE OUR PLEDGE TODAY 
It’s simple, it’s free and makes a real difference. We are challenging everyone to reduce food waste to combat climate change. Sign up to take part, join our monthly newsletter and a receive a digital copy of the Stop Food Waste pocket guide.

Sign up at: https://stopfoodwaste.ie/go-a-week-without-food-waste

Green Schools and Irish Water launch seventh year of partnership

24/10/2019
Ballaghkeene national school, Co.Wexford.
4th class Front from left; James Waters, Ann Cussen and Lee Dowling. Back; Cathy Baxter, green schools and Richard O’hEadhra Irish Water. Photo; Mary Browne

10 Waterford schools participating in water theme

Thursday, November 14 2019 – An Taisce’s Green-Schools programme has teamed up with Irish Water for a seventh year to support schools working to gain a Green Flag under the water theme.  The water theme aims to increase awareness of water conservation among primary and secondary school students. In Waterford 10 schools across the county are currently working on the water theme.

This academic year just over 97,000 students and 8,000 teachers around the country will undertake the Green-Schools water theme in their school. As part of Irish Water’s sponsorship of the water theme schools will be invited to attend water workshops, take part in the annual poster competition, apply to be Water Ambassadors and, following their application for the Green Flag, all schools are in with a chance to be named Ireland’s Water School of the Year 2020.

Ambassadors and artists

This year will see the return of the Green-Schools Irish Water Poster Competition and the Ambassador Programme for secondary school students. The poster competition will focus on this year’s UN World Water Day theme and asks students to create posters focused on water and our changing climate. Secondary school students will also be able to enter a group video, a new element to this year’s competition.

This year’s Ambassador Programme for secondary schools has seen high levels of applicants as secondary school students become more focused on climate action and helping their environment. Training days for successful applicants began in early November and focus on equipping students with as much water-based knowledge as possible alongside communication skills training and a visit to a water treatment plant.

Water Workshops for primary and secondary schools in 22 locations around Ireland have also started for this academic year. These workshops focus on peer to peer learning and the invited students leave with action plans and resources to assist them in undertaking the water theme in their school.

Cathy Baxter is the Green-Schools Manager: “We are delighted to be celebrating the seventh year of our partnership with Irish Water. The support we’ve received has allowed us to create and develop resources, events and ongoing initiatives to assist schools as best we can with their work on our water theme. The fruits of this can be seen in schools like our award winning schools each year, who have achieved incredibly low water use and a strong school-wide culture of water conservation.”

Commenting on the partnership, Richard O hEadhra, Irish Water added: “Irish Water is delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Green-Schools programme and particularly the water themed flag.

“Irish Water is delighted to be working with young people in schools throughout Ireland through the Green-Schools programme to encourage new and innovative ideas about water use and water conservation. Through this education, awareness and action based programme we can improve and secure this precious resource that is vital to the environmental, social and economic life of this country for future generations. Let’s continue the conversation about conservation.”

ENDS

For queries contact Ciara Norton, cnorton@eeu.antaisce.org, 087-0679947 or press@water.ie

Please view our Green-Schools sponsorship launch video at https://youtu.be/DhpHw1O4SIc

Charter reflects Council’s ambition to lead on Climate Action


Issued on behalf of the County and City Management Association (CCMA)

CHARTER REFLECTS COUNCILS’ AMBITION TO LEAD ON CLIMATE ACTION

29 October 2019: Councils stand ready to lead on climate action and have huge ambition for what the local authority sector can achieve with government support, Michael Walsh, Chair of the County and City Management Association (CCMA) said as a new Local Government Climate Charter is introduced today.

The new Charter was developed in consultation with the local government sector and commits signatories to a number of objectives to address the climate challenge and advocate for climate action and behavioural change among citizens.

The Charter reflects the extensive work councils are already undertaking and have planned in the area of climate action.  Of significant note, all councils last month published Climate Adaptation strategies that set out the measures each will take to respond effectively to climate change and to enhance resilience to its impact.

Michael Walsh, CCMA Chair said, “Climate change is the defining issue of our time. It requires a serious and urgent response. Councils recognise that we have a duty to capitalise on our unique position to lead lasting change for the country.

“Councils anticipated and planned for the enhanced role now falling to us and have positioned the sector over the last number of years to build on the expertise and competencies we have to work with all sectors of the community to provide the local leadership necessary to bring about real and meaningful change.”

Mr Walsh added: “Councils are thinking ambitiously and creatively about what we can do to have real impact. We are thinking big; for example, we have a plan to train all 29,000 local government employees to lead and animate climate change issues at a local level.”

Climate Action Plan

The Climate Charter is one of the measures included in the government’s Climate Action Plan to Tackle Climate Breakdown, which names local authorities as Lead Partners in 7 Actions and as Key Stakeholders in a further 22.

“The Government Action Plan is a measure of how involved councils will be in addressing the climate challenge. Already, we are making progress across a range of areas, reducing the carbon footprint of our internal operations, increasing the energy efficiency of our housing stock, prioritising climate considerations in development planning and actively engaging our communities on climate issues. We are ready to build on what we have achieved,” Paddy Mahon, Chair of the CCMA Environment and Climate Action Committee said.

Among the wide-ranging actions required of local authorities under the Government Climate Action Plan are to:

  • undertake deep retrofits of local authority buildings and social housing stock;
  • develop and implement cycle network plans for all major cities;
  • develop a sustainable transport plan for all cities with a population exceeding 75,000;
  • climate-proof development plans and deliver National Planning Framework objectives for compact growth;
  • deliver technical and behavioural change training to local authority staff;
  • support the development of one-stop-shops for residential and commercial energy efficiency;
  • develop an online checklist for companies to measure their sustainability;
  • manage low emission zones including through pricing policies and restricted access;
  • roll out Electric Vehicle charging network and deploy electric vehicles within council fleets;
  • develop plans for ‘decarbonising zones’; and,
  • implement a new National Waste Prevention Programme and Regional Waste Management Plans.

Paddy Mahon emphasised that councils are already undertaking significant climate mitigation and adaptation measures from within existing resources:

  • All councils have prepared and will implement Climate Adaptation Strategies.
  • Four Climate Action Regional Offices (CAROs) have been established as a shared local authority service to support capacity within the sector and act as a catalyst for wider change.
  • Climate and environmental sustainability are key considerations for councils in their strategic planning and day-to-day actions across all service areas, most significantly in planning, transport, housing, lighting, waste management, and economic development.
  • Councils are leading the way on electric vehicle charging points, walking and cycling routes, waste management, biodiversity and other key areas.
  • Councils are to the forefront in responding to extreme weather events caused by climate change such as the flooding, storms and drought of recent years.

ENDS

For further information or to arrange an interview with a CCMA spokesperson, please contact Michael McHale, Local Government Management Agency: 01 6332407 / 087 4135641 / mmchale@lgma.ie

About the CCMA

The County and City Management Association (CCMA) is the “representative voice” of the local government management network. Its members are Chief Executives of the County and City Councils and the Assistant Chief Executives of Dublin City Council.

See lgma.ie/en/ccma

Please DO NOT light Hallowe’en bonfires

Safety Message – Please DO NOT light Hallowe’en bonfires.

Report the storage and collection of materials for bonfires as soon as you see it, by phoning Waterford Council at 0761102020.  Please report fireworks to the Gardaí on 051-305000.

  • DON’T leave out materials for use in bonfires
  • DON’T leave your wheelie bin out overnight
  • DON’T allow your children to organise or be involved in bonfires

Please remember that bonfires are dangerous, they cause injury to children each year and damage to your environment.

“Take 3 for the Sea” anti-litter pledge

“Take 3 for the Sea” is a simple idea: the campaign encourages people to take three pieces of plastic litter with them when they leave the beach, waterway or… anywhere! We in Waterford are lucky to have a variety of beautiful beaches and coastline.

We enjoy our beaches all year round, not just in the summer. And there are a number of groups and individuals who regularly collect litter from the coastline of our county, from Cheekpoint in the east to Whiting Bay in the west.

Plastic pollution cannot be ignored. Plastic is designed to last forever but is often used only once. Poorly managed plastic leaks into the sea and makes up 80% of all marine litter. The plastics that we see on our beaches are just a small part of marine litter. In fact, it’s estimated that 70% of marine litter is on the seabed, 15% is floating in the water column and just 15% is what we see on our beaches.

“Take 3 for the Sea” asks you to put three pieces of plastic in a litter bin or take it home with you to your own bin. Remember: all litter can eventually make its way to the sea, so any cleanup makes a change for the better. A teacher’s handbook has been developed to help both Primary and Secondary School teachers to explore marine litter, plastic pollution and single-use plastics with their class. This provides information on the topics and suggests activities to carry out with your class and will provide a useful starting point to explore this with pupils.

“Take 3 for the Sea” anti-litter pledge

“Take 3 for the Sea” is a simple idea: the campaign encourages people to take three pieces of plastic litter with them when they leave the beach, waterway or… anywhere! We in Waterford are lucky to have a variety of beautiful beaches and coastline.

We enjoy our beaches all year round, not just in the summer. And there are a number of groups and individuals who regularly collect litter from the coastline of our county, from Cheekpoint in the east to Whiting Bay in the west.

Plastic pollution cannot be ignored. Plastic is designed to last forever but is often used only once. Poorly managed plastic leaks into the sea and makes up 80% of all marine litter. The plastics that we see on our beaches are just a small part of marine litter. In fact, it’s estimated that 70% of marine litter is on the seabed, 15% is floating in the water column and just 15% is what we see on our beaches.

“Take 3 for the Sea” asks you to put three pieces of plastic in a litter bin or take it home with you to your own bin. Remember: all litter can eventually make its way to the sea, so any cleanup makes a change for the better. A teacher’s handbook has been developed to help both Primary and Secondary School teachers to explore marine litter, plastic pollution and single-use plastics with their class. This provides information on the topics and suggests activities to carry out with your class and will provide a useful starting point to explore this with pupils.