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Litter Control and Waste Minimisation

  1. 1. Litter Control andWaste Minimisation Aoife O’Flaherty Executive Engineer and Anne SullivanEducation and Awareness Officer ENVIRONMENT SECTION
  2. 2. Presentation Outline
  3. 3. Tidy Towns Adjudication= Total 400 Marks• Overall Development • Tidiness (30 marks) approach (50 marks) • Waste minimisation (20• The Built environment (50 marks) marks) • Residential areas (40 marks)• Landscaping (50 marks) • Roads, streets and back• Wildlife & Natural amenities areas (50 marks) (50 marks) • General impression (10• Litter Control (50 marks) marks)
  4. 4. • Litter Control , Waste Minimisation & Tidiness= 25% of Total Marks Litter Control, Waste Minimisation, Tidiness Other Cateogries
  5. 5. Litter by definition is anything discarded whichis or likely to become unsightly or a pollutantChewing gum, cigarette butts, sweet wrapper, aplastic bag, plastic bottles, batteries, electronic equipment----- the list is endless.
  6. 6. Application Form: Litter Control• Requires Details in 3 Sections: 50 Marks1. Absence of litter and dumping, existence of regular patrols and other planned activities including involvement of schools, promotions and awareness2. Summary of Projects undertaken for this year3. Projects Planned
  7. 7. Application Form: Litter ControlIMPORTANT• Marks not only allocated to the ‘physical’ environment on the day of judging but on future plans and projects undertaken by Tidy Towns Committee to achieve good litter control in their areas.• Submission of good detailed Plan is very important
  8. 8. Application Form Ideas• Litter Patrols- Include Rotas, Area of Interests• National Spring Clean Participation- show photos, details of clean up events• Consider other ‘Clean Events’ during Year• Schools, Businesses , Resident Committees involvement• Introduction of Anti Litter/ Tidiness Competitions within schools, business owners, residents
  9. 9. Application Form Ideas• Focus on black-spot areas within town or type of litter which is causing a problem (i.e. cigarette butts, take away wrappers etc)• Liaising with Waterford County Council staff & other community groups, residents committees, schools, businesses etc• Previous Adjudication reports on website• Important to quantify the great work being undertaken.
  10. 10. Waterford County Council Involvement• Responsible for enforcement of litter laws• Undertake Litter Monitoring & Litter Quantification Surveys annually-• Management of Bring Banks locations throughout the county• Liaise with schools, residents, business owners to enhance awareness about litter control within their area.• Assisting in Green Schools Programmes• Area crews responsible for street cleaning, emptying of litter bins, and general maintenance of public areas
  11. 11. • The Litter Pollution Acts 1997-2009 Outlines responsibilities for everyone in Ireland regarding litter• Each Council is given responsibilities regarding litter control and litter enforcement - An on the spot litter fine can be issued costing the offender €150
  12. 12. Enforcing Litter LawsPhone Hotline:
  13. 13. Litter Pollution Survey Results 2010
  14. 14. Litter Pollution Survey Results 2010
  15. 15. Bring Centres• 45 Locations in Co Waterford• Collection of Glass and Textiles
  16. 16. Examples of Litter Clean-Ups
  17. 17. Examples of Litter Clean-Ups
  18. 18. Cost of Litter Management 2011• WCC & Dungarvan Waste Illegal Dumping/Street Disposal Service Cost Cleaning Costs for WCC 2011 to Landfill 2011 to Landfill• Cost – Average €165 per • Cost – Average €165 per tonne tonne• 4769 tonnes of refuse to • 982 tonnes of refuse to landfill landfill• Total €786,885 • Total €162,030
  19. 19. • Focus on (A) Visible Work & (B) Application Form Content• Include new ideas for the year or future years• Co-operation with other community groups, schools, resident committees, council staff essential• Adjudication takes places in June, July ,August• Application to be submitted by May 25th 2012
  20. 20. Waterford CountyCouncil Responsibilities
  21. 21. Anti – Litter Awareness Campaigns
  22. 22. Some People just dontcare!!! Using their Garden for Dumping
  23. 23. Dog Dirt causes Diseases Dog dirt is smelly, sticky, disgusting and can cause disease. It is the Law , dog-owners are required to clean up after their dog who fouls in a public place such as public roads, footpaths, parks and beaches. Failure to do so can result in an on-the- spot fine of €150 Pooper Bags are available free of charge from Environment Department WCC
  24. 24. Dog Owner Responsibility
  25. 25. National Tree Week February Magic Road 2012 Pictured are County Mayor Paddy O’Callaghan, Chair of Tidy TownsKilrossanty NS 2012 Anne Cheasty and Gaeil Scoil pupils Síle Breathnach, Ceile Keighery and Cian Connor.(2011)
  26. 26. April is National Spring Clean Month National Spring Clean is Ireland’s biggest anti-litter campaign runs throughout the whole month of April. National Spring Clean is an An Taisce programme and is supported by Waterford County Council.
  27. 27. Example of Community Involvementat Spring Clean 2012 Kilbrien Comeragh’s
  28. 28. •Over 83% of all schools in Ireland involvedin Green Flag-• 3,452 schools registered•2,050 Schools awarded Green Flags•693,263 students•47,922 teachers
  29. 29. Green Flags in Waterford• 48 Primary Schools involved in Green Flags out of 55• 8 Secondary Schools out of 9 involved Primary Schools Secondary Schools Killea Boys N.S. Dunmore East Litter and Waste GIY MIY Blackwater Community School Lismore Litter and Waste Ballycurrane N.S. Youghal Litter and Waste Dungarvan CBS Dungarvan Litter and Waste Crehana N.S. Carrick-on-Suir Litter and Waste St. Augustines College Dungarvan Energy Faithlegg N.S. Faithlegg Litter and Waste Ard Scoil na nDeise Dungarvan Water Kilbrien N.S. Ballinamult Litter and Waste GIYMIY Stella Maris Secondary School Tramore Biodiversity Kill N.S. Kill Litter and Waste C.B.S. Tramore Tramore Litter and Waste Scoil an bhFiodh Kilmacthomas Litter and Waste Blackwater Community School Lismore Litter and Waste Stradbally G.N.S. An t-Sraidbhaile Litter and Waste Colaiste Chathal Naofa Dungarvan Not Regestered Scoil Gharbhain Dún Garbháin Litter and Waste St Declans Kilmacthomas Biodiversity Villierstown National School Cappoquin Litter and Waste Other Groups St. Mary N.S. Ballinamult Litter and Waste County Child Care Committee Dungarvan Litter and Waste St. Johns Special School Dungarvan Energy GIYMIY Tigh Suigradh Dungarvan Play Group Litter and Waste Bunscoil Gleann Sidheain Cappoquin Energy Tramore Youth reach Tramore Youth reach Litter and Waste Holy Cross N.S. Tramore Energy GIYMIY Glenbeg N.S. Dungarvan Energy Ballymacarbry Central School Ballymacarbry Energy GIYMIY Scoil Mhuire Tallow Energy Knockanore N.S. Knockanore Water GIYMIY Ballyduff N.S. Kilmeaden Water Scoil Mhuire Dungarvan Water GIYMIY Kilmacthomas Primary School Kilmacthomas Water St. James N.S. Stradbally Travel Bunscoil Bhothar na Naomh Lismore Travel Glor na Mara N.S. Tramore Biodiversity GIYMIY St. Anns N.S. Kilmacthomas Biodiversity Whitechurch N.S. Whitechurch Travel Liosmor Mochuda N.S. Lismore Green Homes GIYMIY Aglish N.S. Cappoquin Travel Knockmahon N.S. Bonmahon Biodiversity GIYMIY Fenor N.S. Tramore Green Homes Portlaw N.S. Portlaw Biodiversity GIYMIY Rathgormack Rathgormack GIYMIY Coolnasmear Kilgobnet not registered Working with them Dunhill NS Dunhill Dunmore East Convent School Passage East
  30. 30. Green Schools St Mary’s NS Dungarvan singing their Green Song on WLRFMTravelling to School on a pony Fews NS
  31. 31. St Josephs National SchoolDungarvan
  32. 32. Civic ResponsibilityWas your Community Involved? Ardmore
  33. 33. TramoreFenor Clashmore
  34. 34. BallysaggartCommunity Group Ballyduff upper
  35. 35. Stradbally Community Group Kilmacthomas Tidy Towns
  36. 36. BallymacarbryNire Valley
  37. 37. La 21 Funding 2011• Allocation €17,000 (50%)match funded by Waterford County Council• 12 Groups received funding for Environmental Projects• 5 Tidy Towns Groups• 2 schools• 5 Community Groups
  38. 38. Anti Litter Awareness Square DungarvanDecember 2011
  39. 39. Launch of a Talking Litter Bin
  40. 40. Anti Litter Shows / Beach Walks Grace O’SullivanBui Bolg Fox in a Bin Tramore Tramore Library December 2011
  41. 41. European Waste ReductionWeek- Battery Recycling
  42. 42. Waterford Green Gang
  43. 43. St Patrick’s Day Float 2012
  44. 44. Dungarvan 2012 St Patrick’s Day
  45. 45. St Patrick’s Day Float 2012
  46. 46. Business Involvement Stop Food Waste Environmental Management System for Businesses Reduce waste water & energy
  47. 47. Teens ‘ n Jeans Youth Club Ardmore embraced the Waterford Festival of Food as volunteers to help festival goers place their rubbish in the right bins Minimising Waste atFestivals and Events
  48. 48. RecyclingRonnie•Reduce•Reuse•Recycle
  49. 49. Tidy TownsLook at your performance over the last 3 -5yearsOverall Development Approach •Benchmark against the WinnersBuilt Environment KillarneyLandscaping •Benchmark against the CountyWildlife & Natural Amenities WinnersLitter ControlWaste Minimisation •Look at the areas that needTidiness special attentionResidential AreasRoads, Streets & Back AreasGeneral ImpressionTOTAL MARKS
  50. 50. Committee Structure Committee Skills• County Council links • Individual Committee• Strategic Planning- 3-5 Year members with adjudication category responsibilities Tidy Town Plan • Overall Development• Finance- Applications for high Approach including drafting priority projects of Entry Form• Community knowledge • Built Environment / Tidiness• Residents Associations • Landscaping / Wildlife &• Landscaping Natural Amenities • Roads / Residential Areas• Media • Litter Control / Waste• Schools links Minimisation• Heritage – built and natural Liaison with Local Council and other agenciesSpecific Individual Responsibilities Schools liaison Media contact Finance and Fund Raising
  51. 51. Involving the Wider Community- Key to ProgressCommittee Approach – two waysEmbrace Community Reject Community Tidy Towns Tidy Towns Committee Committee
  52. 52. Are all local organisations and groups involved?• Development Company • Residents Associations• LEADER Partnership • Adult Education• Town Council • Festivals and Events• Local businesses • Heritage Centre• GAA Club • Community Centre• ICA • Voluntary Services• Munitir Na Tire • Health Centre• Soccer Club • Schools• Rugby • Youth Club• Golf Club • Churches of all• Tennis Club denominations • Business Park
  53. 53. Local Groups• All groups written to / emailed• Follow up meeting• Call to action/involvement• Project(s) relevant to group’s role in your town• Date for completion of project• County/Town Council should be just one of many groups supporting work of Tidy Towns Committee
  54. 54. Town Council Residents Leader Associations PartnershipDevelopment Tidy Towns Community Association Committee Council Chamber of Schools Commerce FAS
  55. 55. The Adjudication Categories Waste Minimisation•Smarter Travel project (applicable to Dungarvan) €7.2 million five years•Promotion of best practise•Highlighting local facilities•Work with Schools•Work with local businesses & encourage best practice through EPA EcoCert•Look at waste survey
  56. 56. Waste Minimisation: 20 Marks• Develop a website• Hold waste minimisation Workshops• Hold awareness days- Reduce/ Reuse/ Recycle• Circulate information to all including holiday homes, bed & breakfast and guesthouse premises• Green Schools• Committee leading by example- reduce paper usage, energy reduction
  57. 57. Race against Waste Booklet
  58. 58. General Tidiness: 30 Marks• Casual untidy areas •Graffiti• Need for screening •Pavements (if unsightly area) •Fly-Posting• Rusty gates• Car parks •Traffic management• Bridges •Cables• Roadside kerbs •Weeds and grass growth at kerbs
  59. 59. Over all General Impression• What overall impression does the adjudicator get from your area• Is there an integrated presentation of your Town• Are some aspects receiving excellent attention and others ignored• Exceptional effort made to overcome difficult problems• Your chance to Shine
  60. 60. ContactsAoife O’Flaherty aoflaherty@waterfordcoco.ieAnne Sullivan asullivan@waterfordcoco.iePhone 058 22000 Thank You !