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Illegal dumping at Owenashad River walk, Lismore

See below some before and after photos which relate to illegal dumping at the Owenashad River walk also known as “the Strand” in Lismore, Co Waterford.

We are currently investigating the material collected and if evidence is available, we will prosecute those responsible. The area is now also under surveillance.

If you see illegal dumping, please report it – either on Facebook or by calling 0761 10 20 20.


‘Let’s Grow It Together’ free seed sowing workshop

This 90 minute free workshop is entitled ‘Let’s Grow It Together’, taking place on Monday 3rd April.

Tea and coffee is available from 6.30pm, with the workshop beginning at 7pm sharp in GIY’s GROW HQ (directly across the roundabout from University Hospital Waterford).

This workshop will look at seed sowing, growing, harvesting and composting. There will be a focus on preventing food waste also. This workshop is funded through the Local Agenda 21 Environment Partnership Fund 2016 and so is free of charge. Booking is essential however as places are limited.

If you would like to enquire about this workshop or book a place on it, please do so by emailing

The Story of Your Stuff – new competition for secondary schools

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has teamed up with young photographer and music video director Christian Tierney, to launch an exciting new competition for secondary schools today themed “The Story of Your Stuff”.

Students are invited to choose an everyday object such as a pen, mobile phone or a water bottle and use a visual medium to illustrate its life-cycle, where it came from, how you use it and more importantly, where it’s going to end up!

The competition is open to secondary school students up to and including 18 years. The prize is: €500 for the winning entry and €500 plus a video workshop with Christian Tierney for the school. All information about the competition can be found on Here students can view a “Story of your stuff” video created by Christian Tierney and top tips from him on how to get started.

Reminder: Local Waste Prevention Grant

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.

What is Waste Prevention? Preventing waste is about finding ways to keep items in use longer and not generating as much waste in the first place.  It’s about rethinking the way we do things – redesigning the items we use – changing attitudes and changing behaviours’ about what we buy and what we throw away, but most of all, working together and thinking creatively to do something about it.

Waterford City and County Council may pay a waste prevention grant to voluntary groups for waste prevention projects in their local community. Please note that outcomes must be measurable. Eligible projects that could be funded include, but are not limited to:

  • Repair Skills Workshops
  • Upcycling Workshops
  • Elimination of single-use items
  • Community composting workshops
  • Food Waste Prevention projects/events

Please note the Councils of the Southern Waste Management Region will be hosting a Re-Use Month in October 2017.  Successfully funded projects must be willing to showcase their results and/or be part of the Re-Use planned events.

How to Apply
The waste prevention grant application form is available from the Environment Section, Waterford City and County Council, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford and online at

The Grant Application form should be completed and returned to the Environment Section for consideration by the closing date 13th February 2017.

Relocation of Ballymacarbry Bring Centre

snipimagePlease note the Bring Centre in Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford has been relocated (on a trial basis) to the car park of the Ballymacarbry Community Centre.

When using this Bring Centre please remember to respect your community by taking all containers, bags & boxes home with you.  This area is monitored by CCTV. The fine for illegal dumping is €150 or up to €3,000.

Please report illegal dumping to WCCC on 0761 10 20 20


Department highlights World Rabies Day

rabiesday09_200pxWednesday, September 28th 2016 was World Rabies Day and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is taking the opportunity to highlight the importance of continuing vigilance against rabies.

Ireland is fortunate to have been rabies free since 1903, but as rabies cases have been reported in pets and wildlife in Europe in recent years, Ireland is not free from risk.

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) estimate that approximately 60,000 people across the world die every year from rabies and that Rabies is still endemic in 150 countries/territories worldwide.  Most human deaths occur in children in developing countries. The majority of these deaths are preventable by increasing public awareness and access to canine rabies vaccine. Rabies eradication requires a multidisciplinary effort between health, veterinary and local authorities. By working together rabies can be eliminated for good.

In 2015 the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), World Health Organisation (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with partners, the Global Alliance for the Control of Rabies (GARC) announced their framework for eliminating rabies by 2030.

The Department emphasises that Irish citizens can play their part in achieving this vision. Whilst the risk to Ireland is considered low, increasing animal movement across Europe means that we in Ireland must remain vigilant.

The illegal importation of dogs, cats or other pets is the most likely way that rabies could be introduced. If you are travelling with pets within the EU (including the UK) or importing pets into Ireland, it is a legal requirement for them to be vaccinated against rabies. Full details can be found on the Department’s website at the following link:

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

carbon-monoxide-aware-logo-2016-low-resCarbon Monoxide Awareness Week takes place this year between 26th September and 2nd October.

  • The aim of the campaign this year is to highlight the fact that carbon monoxide (CO) can, and does, kill. It is colourless, odourless, hard to detect and it can kill in less than three minutes.
  • On average, six people in Ireland die every year as a result of unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning. But there’s a lot you can do to safeguard against it.


  • Carbon Monoxide can be produced by ANY fuel that burns, including coal, turf, oil, gas and wood.
  • Service fuel burning appliances and have chimneys swept annually.
  • Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm in your home.

The campaign is being fronted by Tommy McAnairey, the ballad-singing canary created to drive awareness about carbon monoxide, and will feature across all national and local media with a significant social media presence.  There will also be radio and TV coverage as well as media interviews with people directly affected by carbon monoxide.  Rory Cowan, star of the hit comedy Mrs Brown’s Boys, is a campaign ambassador for Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week this year due to his own personal experience with carbon monoxide exposure.

You can support the week by:

  • Following Tommy on Twitter @TommyMcAnairey
  • Following Gas Networks Ireland on Twitter @GasNetIrl and retweeting Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week tweets to your followers

Further information is available from link to the Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week website


Flood Risk Management Plan – Public Consultation Day

pcd-blockPublic Consultation Day
Are you interested in the draft Flood Risk Management Plans for your area?

A public consultation is currently underway seeking public and stakeholder comments and observations on the measures now being proposed as the preferred and feasible measures, to address known significant flood risk for a particular area.

Further details on this consultation, including the date by which comments and observations are required, are available on the OPW website:

You are invited to the following consultation event where members of the public can ask questions in relation to the draft Flood Risk Management Plan specific to their particular area.

The Park Hotel, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.
Tuesday 27th September 2016: 2:00pm – 7:00pm
The area included in the draft Flood Risk Management Plans are: Dungarvan, Dunmore East and Tramore and Environs.

Together we can reduce illegal dumping

litterTogether we can help reduce the spate of littering incidents around our towns, villages and countryside.

On a daily basis, our Environment teams are out cleaning up illegal littering and roadside dumping.

It happens in our scenic Comeragh mountains, on the sides of our highways and byways and right in the heart of our city and towns.

If you see illegal dumping, please report it to our litter hotline and your call will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

CALL 0761 10 2885