So, what "waste prevention" activities will be EPA be looking for in the competition entries?
Any initiative to reduce: waste, water use, energy use, or use of materials.
This can be something done by the community, householders, businesses, schools, with your local authority, or other organisations.
It can be a particular project, some awareness raising activities, or a mix of different actions.
What is included? Making less waste; using less water, less energy or less materials; reusing, upcycling, repairing, swapping, exchanging, restoring, new life for old goods.
What is not considered: Activities like waste recycling, waste segregation, bring banks and litter picking are all important steps in the waste management hierarchy (see waste management pyramid below), but are not covered by this award.
Visit www.localprevention.ie/tidy-towns/ for ideas on what we're looking for and what come communities are already doing around Ireland. Application details will be announced soon the the Tidy Towns website (www.tidytowns.ie) but is is not necessary to be a Tidy Towns competition entrant to apply.
Examples: ECO pledge campaign; Food waste challenge; Leaflet; Reuse campaign/pimp my planter; Upcycled garden; reusable coffee cups/water bottles; Siopa Glas; No junk mail campaign; Green your festival; Free wee library; 2nd hand book fairs; Household swap; Waste prevention audit on community centres/facilities.