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Sustainability key to Tidy Towns Success

Waterford City and County Council facilitated a Tidy Towns seminar at the Old Market House Arts Centre in Dungarvan which focused on the importance of sustainability in progressing the circular economy.

Representatives from eleven Tidy Towns groups, from all over the county, were in attendance to hear from The Rediscovery Centre, Renew Enterprises, and Waterford City and County Council’s Parks and Landscape Department.

Ella Ryan, Environmental Awareness Officer with Waterford City and County Council, was delighted with the success of this inaugural seminar, saying, “There was fantastic energy in the room amongst the volunteers, who are all passionate about their local communities. From taking great pride in their towns and villages, helping their communities to move towards a circular economy and protecting the biodiversity, Tidy Towns committees, groups and volunteers help to make the changes that future generations will reap the benefit of. They received great direction and ideas at this seminar to bring back home to their local area and progress repair and reuse initiatives. ”

Steve O’Reilly from the Rediscovery Centre spoke about the circular economy, repair, reuse and waste prevention and working from the broader theory to examples of how this works on a local level.

Danny Murphy from Renew Enterprises gave an informative insight into some recycling initiatives that have been developed, such as the paint reuse initiative and bike repair scheme.

Dungarvan Tidy Towns was represented by Chris Santillo who informed those present about some of the group’s re-use initiatives, such as its Beach Toy Library, while Eoin Dullea from Parks and Landscape with Waterford City and County Council spoke about the importance of planting the right tree in the right location.


images – David Clynch

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