MyWaste.ie is campaigning to encourage people to recycle their food waste at this year’s National Plowing Championships.
For three days, September 20-22, MyWaste.ie will give visitors to Plowing in Ratheniska, Co. Laois an insight into how food waste recycling works. Their interactive exhibition will show people what food waste and packaging can be recycled, demonstrating how Irish household food waste can benefit both the environment and the economy. Experts from MyWaste.ie will be on hand throughout the championships to answer questions and give people practical advice on how to get the most out of their three-bin system.
MyWaste.ie will also be giving away 15,000 free food waste shopping carts during the event, each with a starter pack of shopping cart bags and an information leaflet. An army of local Park/Ratheniska GAA Ladies Club volunteers will help with this daunting task.
Speaking about the event, Pauline McDonogh, Waste Prevention Coordinator at My Waste said:
“Each household in Ireland generates up to 117kg of food waste a year, which means that Irish families throw the equivalent of €400 to €1,000 in the bin. Recycling food waste diverts this important waste stream from landfill and turns it into renewable energy and bio-fertilizer for agriculture.
“We want to show people what can go in their food recycling bin, the importance of separating food from its packaging, why it’s good for the environment and the lasting impact it can have on creating green jobs.”
Speaking about why they chose to get involved Brian Ramsbottom, Park/Ratheniska GAA Club Secretary said:
“Irish food is world famous, but many of us are guilty of buying too much and then throwing away the food we don’t use, when we could recycle it. Park/Ratheniska is a proud member of the GAA Green Clubs program, and as an extension of this great initiative, we are thrilled to team up with My Waste to bring awareness to the importance of food waste recycling, right here on our doorstep at national plowing championships in Ratheniska.
The exhibit is part of a two-year campaign to encourage Irish households to recycle their food waste. Research* has shown that there can be barriers to recycling food waste and this initiative aims to tackle them by providing helpful tips and advice on how people can start recycling more of their food waste and significant impacts this has on the environment and circular traffic in Ireland. and green economy. The campaign is funded by the Ministry of Environment, Climate and Communications.
For more information visit www.mywaste.ie/what-to-do-with-my-food-waste/
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