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Tipperary Workshops Wrap Up Christmas Waste

Waste Recycling Station

Waste Recycling

The people of Tipperary are playing their part in reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill this Christmas by participating in three workshops throughout the county.

The ‘Trash to Treasure Christmas Workshops’ will examine the waste issue at Christmas and how individuals, households and businesses can reduce this mountain of rubbish that can build up over the festive period.

The Tipperary Women’s Network will host a workshop at Knocanrawley Resource Centre in Tipperary town on 10th December, while a similar workshop will be held at Lackamore N.S. from 1.00pm to 3.00pm on the same day. Meanwhile, Rockwell College in Cashel will host a workshop tomorrow (Tuesday, December 1st).

The Southern Waste Regional Office, supported by Tipperary County Council, is hosting the events, which will feature waste prevention tips and demonstrations.

“The people of Tipperary have always been very responsible when it comes to disposal of plastic, paper and glass materials built up over the Christmas period, and I am confident that they will respond similarly this year,” said Pauline McDonogh, Regional Waste Prevention Co-ordinator, Southern Waste Region.

“Attendees at the upcoming workshops will create decorations from waste, look at resourceful presents and wrapping, and share ideas for reducing food waste,” she said.

Ms. McDonogh continued: “With the Christmas holidays comes lots of extra packaging, particularly in the home. However, most of this packaging can be recycled. We are again reminding the public to bring their recyclable waste to our recycling centres and bottles and aluminium cans to the bring banks around County Tipperary.”

The Southern Waste Region encompasses the local authorities in Tipperary, Carlow, Clare, Cork City, Cork County, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick City & County, Waterford City & County and Wexford.

Visit www.southernwasteregion.ie for more Info.


Co. Tipperary Wins Award For Energy Management

tippOn Thursday night last, Tipperary County Council won the Public Sector Sustainable Energy Award at a ceremony organised by the National Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

The SEAI itself has a mission to play a leading role in the transformation of Ireland to a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. SEAI is partly financed by Ireland’s EU Structural Funds Programme co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union.

The award was won by Tipperary County Council for work in relation to its energy management performance and on its uptake of renewable energy solutions.

Tipperary County Council contested strong competition from three other finalists in the Public Sector category, namely; The Dublin Airport Authority, Gas Networks and An Post, who were also strong opponents in this close run national contest.

Cathaoirleach Cllr. Mr Seamus Hanafin and Council Director, Mr Matt Shortt accepted the award on behalf of Tipperary County Council, at a gala ceremony in Kilmainham Gaol.

Speaking following the acceptance of this award, Tipperary County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr Hanafin, stated that the award further highlighted the outstanding achievements by Tipperary County Council who, in partnership with Tipperary Energy Agency, were fully committed to upgrading their sustainable energy policy.

Praising all involved in finding genuine renewable energy solutions, Cllr. Hanafin stated, “Huge benefits have accrued to both Tipperary County Council as well as the people of Co. Tipperary. These benefits are borne out through achieving major cost reductions brought about by providing retrofits for both public buildings and houses, thus also greatly reducing our current carbon footprint.”

Entrants to the 2015 Sustainable Energy Awards have saved an unprecedented €48 million in the last year, through their extraordinary sustainable energy projects undertaken.


2015 IPB ‘Pride Of Place’ Awards

prideofplace-The IPB ‘Pride of Place’ Awards ceremony will be streamed live online this year, organisers have announced.

Up to 1,000 people from all over the island of Ireland will gather in Treacy’s West County Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare, on Saturday, November 14th, for a ceremony hosted by Clare County Council and Cooperation Ireland, which runs the competition north and south of the border.

It is the first time in the 13-year history of the all-island competition that the same county has hosted the ceremony two years running. More than 100 groups nominated by local authorities all over the island of Ireland are participating in this year’s competition, which is regarded as Ireland’s most prestigious all-island community awards.

One of the main category winners in last years (2014) IPB Pride of Place competition was our own Cloughjordan, here in Co. Tipperary, who won an Eco Initiative Award.

The 2015 IPB Pride of Place Awards will be broadcast live on www.prideofplace.ie and www.clare.ie from 7.30pm on Saturday, 14th November 2015.


Tipperary – Recycle Old Electrical Appliances

Note to all Co. Tipperary residents – Recycle old electrical appliances for free.

Electrical and Battery Recycling

Electrical and Battery Recycling

WEEE Ireland (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) will be holding Free Electrical Recycling Days on the 17th Oct and 24th Oct 2015 at the following locations in Co Tipperary.

Dates & Venues.

Saturday 17th Oct, 2015 – 10:00am-4:00pm:- Venues Tomorrow – Tesco Car Park, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary & Tesco Car Park, Tipperary Town, Co. Tipperary.

Saturday Next – 24th Oct, 2015 – 10:00am-4:00pm:- Venues – Cahir Castle Car Park, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, & Tesco Car Park, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

It is also interesting to note that figures recently released  by Repak appear to show that almost 75% of those living in the province recycle household waste. This figure compares favourably to Dublin at 63%, Leinster at 68 percent, and Connacht/Ulster 62%.

A survey released ahead of Recycling Week (22 – 28 June 2015), however showed that persons recycling continue to harbour bad habits by putting incorrect and often contaminated items; e.g. nappies, razors and cigarette butts, into their Green Bin.

Full information on recycling domestic waste can be found by clicking HERE.


Special Super Moon Lunar Eclipse

A special super moon lunar eclipse will occur tonight (Sunday, September 27, 2015) continuing into tomorrow morning (September 28th, 2015), which will create in the minds of some observers an atmosphere of wonder; while in others fear, marking the beginning of the end of our world.

Fear not however, as the last time this lunar eclipse took place was in 1982 and same event is expected to be repeated again in 2033.

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), tonight’s event requires the alignment of three astronomical cycles that only happens once every 18 years and 11 days.

When the moon is at “perigee”, or its shortest distance from our earth, it is approximately 226,000 miles away. From this distance it will appear to be 14% larger and some 30% brighter than when it was at its furthermost point away from us. It is also during this lunar eclipse, that the moon appears to turn a deep rusty red and this is caused by sunlight being scattered by our earth’s atmosphere.

When can I see this lunar eclipse I hear you ask? Answer; when the moon starts to enter our earth’s shadow at around 1:10am in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Here in Ireland on other years, tonight’s super moon would normally be referred to as the ‘Harvest Moon’, due to its occurrence falling as it does at the beginning of our autumn season.

Tonight’s astronomical event will require no special equipment and the moon will be fully eclipsed for a little over one hour or from start to finish it is expected to last just over three hours in total.

According to today’s forecast, our weather is expected to facilitate most viewers here in Ireland; wishing to view at least some part of this rare, past midnight, “Blood Red Super Moon” phenomenon.