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Anti-Dumping Campaign launched at Saleens Beach

An anti-dumping campaign was launched this week at Saleens Beach by Deputy Plenary
Mayor Cllr. John O’Leary. The campaign encourages householders to ask for a waste
collection permit before giving their waste to anyone for disposal. A short animated video
was produced by Waterford City & County Council for use on social media and YouTube.
There was also an accompanying radio campaign.

These highlighted the need to check for a waste collection permit which can be done by
visiting the National Waste Collection Permit Office’s website www.nwcpo.ie or by
contacting the Environment Section of Waterford City and County Council. Funded
through the national anti-dumping initiative, it is hoped to see a decrease in illegal
dumping of waste through this project.

“Anyone engaged in the collection of waste is required to have a waste collection permit”,
commented Niall Kane, Senior Executive Engineer with Waterford City & County Council.
“Unauthorised waste collectors often engage in illegal dumping and you are still
responsible. Before you give waste to anyone, ask to see their waste collection permit.
Any vehicles from authorised waste collectors must have their name and waste collection
permit number on it. Any of their advertisements must also give their name and waste
collection permit number. We each have an obligation only to give our waste to an
authorised collector.”

“Waterford City and County Council recently prosecuted an illegal waste collector for the
illegal collection and disposal of waste” Mr Kane went on to say. “They were ordered to
pay approximately €5500 in court fines and legal costs. Through the ongoing work of our
Environmental Inspectors and the use of CCTV and hidden cameras, we have issued 146
litter fines so far this year. We would encourage anyone in doubt of their waste collector
to check their permit on www.nwcpo.ie or phone us at 0761 102020 to ask if they have a
permit to collect your waste.”

New Dog Licence System in operation

Does your dog have a licence ?
You must have a licence by law. They cost €20 p/a or €140 for the lifetime of the dog.

Dog Licences can now be purchased online from #Waterford City & County Council, via An Post’s Licences.ie system – See http://ow.ly/fsb830kMctq

Waterford Blue Flag and Green Coast Beach Awards 2018

Press Release

At a recent An Taisce awards ceremony, County Waterford’s beaches were awarded with 5 Blue Flag awards and 6 Green Coast awards for 2018.  These awards are only made to bathing areas with excellent water quality and beach management.

Clonea Beach, Dunmore East Main Strand, Dunmore Councillors Strand, Tramore and Ardmore were confirmed Blue Flag status.  Of particular satisfaction is the award of the Blue Flag to Ardmore after a gap of 21 years, following the recent commissioning of a new wastewater treatment plant for the village.

Green Coast awards were achieved for beaches at Guillamene, Newtown Cove, Ballyquin, Curragh, Goat Island, and Annestown.

County Waterford is renowned for its 100 km long stunning coastline.  For those wishing to walk, jog, swim, explore rock-pools, surf, scuba dive, fish, kite surf, observe wildlife or just relax, there is a place for you!  As part of its efforts to enhance this natural tourism attraction and provide amenities to the public and ensure good water quality, Waterford City & County Council is committed to ongoing management and stringent monitoring of the many bathing water areas dotted along the coast.  Lifeguards are provided at Dunmore, Tramore, Bunmahon, Clonea and Ardmore.

Waterford City and County Council collaborate with many bodies to manage the bathing areas, including the HSE, Irish Water, the EPA and Irish Water Safety.  Special credit must be paid to the Tidy Towns and Coastcare groups which, through their commitment to voluntary and community activities, play an essential role in caring for local bathing areas.

Keep an eye out at beach notice boards for water test results and other beach information and advice.  Results and information are also posted on the council’s website www.waterfordcouncil.ie and on the EPA’s website www.beaches.ie

Members of the public and interest groups are encouraged to provide suggestions on beach and coastal management in the county. Anyone interested should send their suggestions by email to bathing@waterfordcouncil.ie.  Remember, when you visit a beach, stay safe and leave no trace!

Let’s get out there and enjoy our beautiful coast!

 

ENDS

 

For Press Queries please contact

Claire Hartley     Administrative Officer, Communications and Customer Services

Clár Ní hArtgaile Oifegeach Cumarsáide & Seirbhísí Custaiméara,

Comhairle Cathrach & Contae Phort Láirge, Hall na Cathrach, An Meal, Port Láirge,

Waterford City and County Council, City Hall, The Mall, Waterford. X91 PK15

|T 0761 102549|M 087 2905194| Email  chartley@waterfordcouncil.ie

Master Composter Training Course

Waterford Council, in conjunction with the EPA invite you to join us at Clodaigh House, Portlaw, Co.Waterford for a packed training programme to teach people how to reduce food waste and compost at home or within the community.

Training consists of four evening sessions and one Saturday hands-on workshop where participants will help build a composting demonstration site.

Gain the knowledge required to reduce food waste and save money. Learn how to compost both garden materials and wasted food using a variety of different composting systems.
The training is offered free of charge, but volunteers are expected to contribute outreach time afterward to spread the word and motivate others. This is a unique opportunity for any community group!

Waterford Householders encouraged to dispose of Hazardous Waste safely and for free

Waterford City & County Council is encouraging householders across the county to avail of its Free Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Day on Saturday, May 5, 2018.

From 9am to 4pm on this day only, certain hazardous wastes found around the home can be disposed of free of charge at Dungarvan Civic Amenity Centre, Ballinamuck Middle, Dungarvan. A full list of items accepted is available on www.waterfordcouncil.ie

Many everyday household items, fluids and containers are considered hazardous to both the environment and human health if not stored and disposed of correctly.

Pauline McDonogh, Southern Regional Waste Management Office explained that even common household items such as cooking oil and detergents can be considered hazardous if not treated with proper care and consideration.

“Waste is classified as being hazardous when it displays one or more of the hazardous properties listed in the Waste Management Act. These relevant properties are explosive, oxidizing, flammable, irritant, harmful, toxic, or carcinogenic.”

“People are surprised to learn how many common items around the home fit this criteria, for example mixed fuels, batteries – car and household, medicinal waste, pesticides, herbicides, paints and varnishes. Household detergents, anti freeze, oil filters, adhesives and aerosols should also be considered as hazardous and treated accordingly,” she advised.

“The careless disposal of hazardous household waste has the potential to cause physical injury to waste disposal workers and contaminate septic tanks or our wastewater systems if poured down sinks, toilets or drains.”

Ella Ryan, Environment Awareness Officer Environment Department, Waterford City & County Council stated that, “This event is an opportunity for people to rid their homes of such waste safely and for free. Hazardous waste accepted on the day is listed on our website www.waterfordcouncil.ie. It is also an opportunity for us all to consider replacing these items, where possible, with environmentally friendly, natural products.

“Ideas and recipes on how to create household cleaners from common non-hazardous ingredients will be available on the day or by contacting me on 0761 10 2938 or emailing eryan@waterfordcouncil.ie.”

This one day event is funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and supported by Southern Regional Waste Management Office.  The event is open only to householders and all items must be in original packaging and labelled.

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Contact:  Ella Ryan, Environment Awareness Officer 0761 10 2938

“Think Before You Flush” campaign

Thousands of used sanitary and bathroom products are flushed down the toilet every day.  These items can cause blockages, meaning this type of waste ends up polluting our marine environment.

Wastewater systems are not designed to deal with large amounts of sanitary waste, and smaller items in particular (e.g. cotton buds), can escape through filters and reach our rivers and beaches.

The “Think Before You Flush” campaign is operated by An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme and is supported by Irish Water and the local authorities.

The items below should never be flushed down the toilet as they cause problems in our homes, the wastewater treatment network and the environment.

South East tackles Roadside Litter

Mayor of Waterford City and County Council, Cllr. Pat Nugent, together with members of Dungarvan Tidy Towns launched the ‘Roadside Litter Campaign’ in Dungarvan on Wednesday 21st March.

The ‘Roadside Litter Campaign’ is a new initiative in the fight against litter on our roadsides. It is a regional campaign involving Councils in Waterford, Kilkenny and Wexford. The campaign slogan highlights that “All Roads Lead Home” and asks road users to “Bin It, Don’t Fling It”. The campaign aims to change attitudes about litter in the South East Region.

A litter survey carried out in the South East in 2017 showed that on average 100kg of litter was dumped per 5km of roadside; 37% of all litter was associated with drinks, with plastic drink bottles accounting for 20%, aluminium cans 10% and disposable cups 7%, of the litter.

The ‘Roadside Litter Campaign’ asks local communities, groups and individuals to bring their litter home with them. The message can be found on tax disc holders, available free of charge at Motor Taxation Offices in Waterford and Dungarvan. Temporary road signage advising road users of the ‘Roadside Litter Campaign’ will be erected in areas where persistent roadside littering is evident.

Mayor of Waterford City and County Council Cllr. Pat Nugent said ‘I am delighted to officially launch the roadside litter initiative and support the objective to improve our local environment by the responsible management of litter. It is no secret that some of our roads are littered with single use items such as takeaway wrappers and containers, plastic bottles and coffee cups. This initiative encourages road users to have more pride in their local roads and to take their litter home with them.’

At the Launch were Cllr Pat Nugent, Mayor Waterford City & County. Fergal Galvin, Luke O’Brien and Ella Ryan, Waterford City & County Council. Bernadette Moloney, Kilkenny County Council. Cliona Connolly, Wexford County Council, Anne Marie Rossiter, Aoife Power, Gemma Power and Joy Lake, Dungarvan Tidy Towns.
Photo Sean Byrne

Anti-Litter & Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant 2018

Waterford City & 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? 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.

Paper copies should returned to the Environment Section, Waterford City & County Council, The Mall, Waterford, for consideration by the closing date, 14th March 2018.

October is national “Reuse Month”

October is national “Reuse Month” and a number of events are currently being organised to promote reuse.

Check out these 2 Textile Up-cycling workshops below …

Event : Textile Up-cycling Workshop
Date : 17th October
Location : Tramore Library

Event : Textile Up-cycling Workshop
Date : 24th October
Location : Ardkeen Library

Free Electrical Recycling Day at Tramore this Saturday 16th

Free Electrical Recycling Day

Tramore – Saturday 16th September 10am-4pm at Tesco Park.

Any household waste electrical items, batteries or energy saving
light bulbs accepted, large or small!

From Fridges to Phones, Laptops, to Lawnmowers, Toys to Power Tools, and everything in-between, WEEE recycle anything with a plug or battery!

Illegal Dumping at Moanyarha in the Nire Valley.

Illegal dumping, and on a large scale, continues to increase in our wonderfully scenic county.  Attached are pictures from last week where Council crews cleaned up large amounts of dumping from Moanyarha in the Nire Valley.

If you see illegal dumping, please report it on 0761 10 20 20.

The Greenway Bug Hotel is open !

Two local schools from the city and the county partnered together to create a hotel for bugs on the Waterford Greenway.  The twinning of the schools was coordinated by Junior Achievement Ireland with the volunteering support of staff from the Waterford City & County Council.

The collaborative workshop between the school and council staff, was designed to help the pupils learn about their local ecosystem and explore the natural world around them on the Waterford Greenway.  The workshop also facilitated team work with the hope that the 4th class students might be encouraged to visit their ‘hotel’ on an ongoing basis to see how the bugs are settling into their new home. Fifty three 4th class students from St. Mary’s N.S. in Dungarvan and St. Saviour’s N.S. in Waterford City took part along with 11 Waterford Council staff from across many different departments.

Thanks also to John Hayes from Special Branch Carvings, who is well known for his specialised carved sculptures, who helped the students erect a wooden carved bug on the top of their hotel.  Each student was awarded with a Certificate of Achievement to recognise their participation.