15 February 2019

Towards Zero Waste Cashel wins silver at National Awards

Towards Zero Waste Cashel wins silver at National Awards

Towards Zero Waste Cashel picks up silver in best waste Management Category at the All Ireland Community and Council Awards

At the annual All Ireland Community & Council Awards 2019, VOICE project ‘Towards Zero Waste Cashel’ walked away with a silver award in the Best Waste Management category. There were over 150 entrants to the awards with 100 projects represented on the night. Project Coordintor Mindy O’Brien and Project Manager Derry O’Donnell were on hand in Dublin to receive the award.

We’re delighted that the project recognised on a national scale. This brings attention to Zero Waste and we hope other communities can take inspiration from some of what we’ve achieved” Project Manager Derry O’Donnel

The awards sponsored by IPB insurance and Local Authority Members association celebrate community and councils working together. Zero Waste Cashe Irelands first Zero waste Town, brought together local community groups such as Tidy Towns, the Lions Club, the Scouts and local schools, businesses and Tipperary County Council in a project that led on waste reduction.

We had huge buy-in from the local groups, businesses and individuals who wanted to start their zero waste journey. We hope the lessons we learned and the experience we had will translate to develop other zero waste initiatives across the country,” stated Coordinator, Mindy O’Brien.

The project was started in 2017, thanks to a Green Enterprise grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. With additional funding from the Southern Region Waste Office, and Tipperary county council the programme ran until July 2018. Zero Waste Cashel aimed to reduce waste in Cashel by 25%. Over the year of the project Zero Waste Cashel installed Ireland's first on street recycling bins, hosted the zero waste festival, and ran many workshops on waste and reuse. The initiative also set up an online map of the initiatives in Cashel featuring shops using paper bags over plastic, offering refillable options, and businesses offering repairs or upcycling.

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The award recognises the hard work put in by the Project Manager Derry O’Donnell in working with Communities, businesses and the local county council to encourage more sustainable behaviours, embed circular economy thinking in the town, and lead the way on sustainable communities across Ireland. VOICE is building on the experiences of the Zero Waste Cashel to roll out its new Conscious Communities Campaign in 2019 which aims to bring the lessons learned at Cashel across the country.

Pictured : Cllr John Hogan, Michael Fitzgerald, Derry O'Donnell, Mindy O’Brien an Claire Currelly from Zero Waste Cashel 

Awards and Recognition

Green Awards 2019 - Winner - Green NGO of the Year
All Ireland Community and Council Awards 2019 - WINNER