A three year Litter Management Plan in relation to the measures being under taken by Monaghan County Council, with the assistance of community and voluntary groups, schools, businesses, retailers and all citizens of County Monaghan was adopted by Monaghan County Council at their October monthly meeting.
You can download a copy of the plan here:
Tá cóip den Phlean le fáil as Gaeilge anseo:
Householders can now place all plastic packaging into the household recycling bin – once it is clean dry and loose. This includes both soft and rigid plastics everything from a plastic bottle to the plastic film on fruit packs!
This is a welcome development, as currently in Ireland we recycle less than one third of all our of plastic packaging. A big percentage of our plastic waste now ends up in the general household bin, and unless this plastic packaging is collected and separated, it will never be recycled. Collecting soft and rigid plastics in the household recycling bin is a big step towards separating available recyclable plastics that are currently being sent to landfill and energy recovery.
2018 Irish data show us that of the 264,000 tonnes of plastic packaging generated, we only recycled 82,000. To achieve targets for plastics of 50% by 2025, and 55% by 2030, the recycling of plastics in Ireland will have to increase.
In recent years, there have been many improvements in the technology used for plastic recycling. For example, some Irish recycling facilities now use state of the art optical sorting equipment that can identify different plastic types based on reflection and refraction of light beams, which has increased the opportunity to recycle more plastics. This coupled with continued advancements in technology and the emergence of new markets for different plastic types will also play an important role in plastic recycling into the future.
Currently, any non-recyclable plastics can be converted to a Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) which is used in cement kilns. This replaces fossil fuels, which has a positive impact in terms of lower greenhouse gas emissions.
By putting all clean dry loose plastic packaging into the recycling bin, for example bread wrappers, crisp packets, breakfast cereal bags, pasta packets, fruit and veg wrap, sweet wrappers and plastic shopping bags, we can ensure that no recyclable plastic inadvertently ends up in landfill. As technology improves and more types of plastic can be recycled, recycling system will be able to sort and pick them up without delay.
These simple changes to our recycling habits can therefore have an impact on our recycling rates. It will now be much easier for householders to sort waste – remembering, that all clean, dry and loose plastic packaging, both soft and rigid, can go into our recycling bins.
To find out more visit www.mywaste.ie
New ‘Love This Place, Leave No Trace’ Campaign Launched
A new public awareness campaign from Leave No Trace Ireland and its partners calls on the public to exercise renewed care and responsibility when outdoors in managing dogs, preventing litter, and ensuring that there are no fires unless on a designated site.
As we enter summer, Leave No Trace Ireland – Ireland’s only outdoor ethics programme which promotes the responsible use of the outdoors – is encouraging everyone to ‘Love This Place, Leave No Trace’.
The campaign is asking the public to play their part by acting responsibly so that everyone can experience and enjoy outdoor spaces while helping to protect them from increased pressures this year as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
Speaking on the launch of the ‘Love This Place, Leave No Trace’ campaign, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD, said it is important that everyone who enjoys the great outdoors embraces the Leave No Trace ethos:
“As we all look forward to an outdoor summer, it’s more important than ever to protect the places we love and leave no trace. We have a duty to our environment, to wildlife and to each other to be responsible stewards of the natural world – our national parks, woodlands, rivers, beaches, mountains and everywhere in between.
“Loving nature, wildlife and the great outdoors means being thoughtful, prepared and proactive – packing a picnic rather than a disposable bbq that could cause a serious fire, bringing a bin bag to pick up rubbish that could otherwise harm wildlife, keeping dogs on leads rather than letting them go and potentially worrying farm animals or breeding birds, keeping our distance from wild birds, mammals and marine life and observing them without disturbing or disrupting them.
“As more of us seek the beauty, exhilaration and escapism of outdoor recreation, our collective impact on the environment also increases. By being responsible and leaving no trace, we can help the wild places and species we love to stay wild.”
The campaign focuses on three critical pressure points which have become increasingly evident as greater numbers of people ‘stay-cation’ and use outdoor public spaces for recreation during the Covid pandemic. These pressure points include increased littering of the countryside and outdoor spaces, an increase in dog fouling, dog worrying and attacks on farm livestock as the numbers of pet dogs approaches an estimated 800,000, and the devastation that can be caused by fires from campfires and barbeques that get out of control.
The Love This Place, Leave No Trace campaign will emphasise several key messages:
Responsible Dog Ownership and Control:
Campfires, and Disposable BBQs:
Information and guidelines for individuals, communities and organisations are available from https://www.leavenotraceireland.org/love-this-place-leave-no-trace. where you can also show your support and take the Love This Place, Leave No Trace Pledge.
The report quantifies the scale and importance of the poultry sector in the county and seeks to stimulate initiatives to allow the industry to develop in the coming decade.
Click on the link to hear Cathaoirleach Cllr Aidan Campbell and Sharon Finnegan EAO speaking with Noel Murphy, Agriview, Northern Sound:
Top Tips this Picnic Season if you are heading out and about – https://www.mywaste.ie/news/
Public Participation: Identification of Bathing Waters
Local authorities must identify official bathing areas in their area every year so that they can be monitored for safety, water quality and their level of use. To help with this process, Monaghan County Council are asking people who swim at beaches, lakes and rivers to tell them if they think they should maintain existing designated bathing waters designations or give a new official bathing area designation to areas that are commonly used for swimming, but not identified at the moment.
Under European and Irish law, Irish local authorities must identify bathing waters each year so that these areas can be monitored to ensure they meet stringent microbiological water quality standards. In some cases, the official bathing areas are also the areas where local authorities focus their resources providing lifeguards during the summer season. These laws also require that the local authority prepares detailed descriptions or profiles for each of the identified bathing water sites that describe not just the bathing area but also areas in the surface waters catchment area that could be a source of pollution. The profiles include an assessment the risk of pollution and what action would be taken if pollution occurs.
If you are a regular swimmer and want to help your Council decide which bathing areas should be classified as such, it might be helpful to consider the following:
If you have a submission to make on the identification of bathing waters you can do so by clicking on the link below:
Closing date for submissions Monaghan County Council is 17th June 2021.
Monaghan County Council
Environmental Services Funding Scheme 2021
Monaghan County Council is committed to supporting local communities to promote, enhance and develop their local area. This commitment is supported by the annual Environmental Funding Scheme.
We are now inviting applications for the 2021 funding scheme.
Please note this funding is only for Environmental related projects.
Funding is available for the following only:
Guidelines on criteria and application forms for the Environmental Services Funding Scheme 2021 can be requested:
CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY 11th JUNE 2021.
LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
National communication campaign recently launched by Government of Ireland, My Waste and Local Authorities, calls on all citizens to get involved in the fight against illegal dumping and fly tipping in Ireland. A tailored suite of information and awareness messaging for promotional use by your community, school or voluntary group, may be accessed by visiting www.mywaste.ie.