Zero Waste Festival - a first for Youghal and a step into the future!

 



With the Government’s publication of regulations for the Deposit Return Scheme (19/11/21), Ireland has made a significant step forward from discussion to the legally binding. It will make a huge difference to our recycling rates of plastic bottles and cans in this country, to say nothing of the environmental benefits as these previously ubiquitous litter items are re-branded as money and who’s going to throw money away?

VOICE Ireland has been at the forefront of the push to introduce a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for a very long time and for a very simple reason – it is a straightforward and common sense approach to increase recycling rates and decrease littering rates. Concurrent with this, it also raises awareness about the importance of responsible resource use. VOICE Ireland’s Return for Change campaign has been struck by the near universal support for its introduction; it appears that everyone appreciates how useful and beneficial the scheme will be. At Youghal’s first Zero Waste festival on October 1st, we’ll see the model trailer as an example of how easy it will be to recycle our plastic and cans in the future.

 

Alongside this, and the family event on 1st, there’ll be demonstrations of ways to reduce waste – both by careful disposal and also by reusing creatively!  These give cost savings as well as savings for our planet.  Seapink Vintage will offer a ‘clothes swap’ stall – bring along a preloved item and swap it for a new look!

 

The festival is a fun event, as well as giving serious consideration to the needs of our planet going forward. Reducing plastic waste will benefit us all and VOICE Ireland will give a workshop on ways to do this. We’re encouraging you to bring your own reuse cup for your coffee and kitchen caddies will be available to help us with our composting!

 

All this happens alongside fun and games, with African Drumming, children’s sports activities and an exciting arts workshop! Everyone is welcome to come and join in the fun – bring your children, bring your friends – and let’s work together to save our purses and our planet!

 

For more information on VOICE, see www.voiceireland.org

For more information on the Network, visit www.youghalblueandgreennetwork.blogspot.com  or email blueandgreennetwork@gmail.com

 

The Zero Waste Festival 2022 is supported by SECAD, Cork County Council Environmental Department, Youghal Residents Network, Cumann na Daoine, Youghhal GAA and VOICE Ireland.

Zero Waste Festival



October is National Reuse Month, and to celebrate it, Youghal Blue & Green Community Network is hosting a family festival to share some ideas with you! The Zero Waste Festival will be a fun day for all at Youghal GAA on Saturday October 1st from 12 – 4pm.  This event is a partnership between the Blue & Green Network, VOICE Ireland and Youghal GAA. The idea behind the festival is to have fun and to watch demonstrations, look at stalls and get information on ways to reuse and recycle – including making new things from old – and how to reduce our waste, making savings for ourselves and for the planet. 


The ‘Return for Change’ trailer will be visiting the site, to illustrate how recycling can bring back cash – these trailers will become active across the country next year. Demonstrations from Oonagh Poynton of Rhincrew Cookery School, Bike Wizard Ulick O’Connor and VOICE Ireland will run alongside stalls on growing your own vegetables in boxes and small gardens from East Cork Catering; a clothes swap from Seapink Vintage where you can bring something and take something different away, kitchen caddies for composting, a ceramics workshop for all ages with artist Martha Cashman and children’s games from Cork Sports Partnership. There truly is something for everyone on the day!



The Zero Waste Festival 2022 is supported by SECAD, Cork County Council Environmental Department, Youghal Residents Network, Cumann na Daoine, Youghal GAA and VOICE Ireland.



 

Upcoming Workshops/tours

  • Forage with Maire de Paor - Sept 24th at Pilmore Salt lands.
  • Zero Waste festival in partnership with Youghal GAA on Oct 1st from 12noon to 4pm
  • Forage with Andrew Malcom Oct 8th

PLEASE SEE CHANGE OF DATE - NOW TAKING PLACE SAT OCT 22nd

Lizet Mulder, a biodiversity coordinator from Wildwork/Vericonnect is offering a 'Wellness & Nature Workshop' in Youghal on Sat Oct 22nd 

'We are coming up to the Autumn Equinox in September. This is a good time to take stock of the learning and work that culminates in the end of the summer. Join Lizet Mulder for a sunset wellness session on Youghal beach. We will gather to orient ourselves to the group and surroundings. We will take time to appreciate the coast and land. This session invites all members of the Blue Green Network and friends to share learnings and experiences from the past summer. We take the time to reflect on the experiential resources of the group. This is a good time to resource personal resilience in order to face our challenges locally'.

For those that are interested - please book by emailing blueandgreennetwork@gmail.com.

Open to all but numbers are limited!


And today we had a great day with students from the Gaelscoil carrying out a Coast Watch Survey at Green hole: 
We collected lots of rubbish, saw varieties of seaweeds, sampled water and found limpets and crabs hiding in many strange places!












Coastwatch Survey today at 12noon

 


We've been busy all summer too!

River trip 10/9/22

Led by Tony the skipper

Beach clean at Pilmore after ....

Seaweed tour with Maire de Paor

SDG workshop suppored by Eirgrid and GrĂ¡inne leading B&G

Winner of Otter competition at Gaelscoil ChorĂ¡in



New reports: Sustainable Development Goals

 

Two new reports just in, giving insight into national plans for sustainability and ways that local level engagements can be most successful. Links to the reports below.


Roadmap for Local Engagement


Draft Sustainable Development Goals National Plan 2022-2024



Circular Economy Legislation - what is it?

 


Here is a link that explains about the new circular economy law that’s now enacted to help reduce plastic/single use waste. 

Circular Economy: new legislation

The Circular Economy and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2022, which was signed by the President and has become law, underpins Ireland’s shift from a “take-make-waste” linear model to a more sustainable pattern of production and consumption, that retains the value of resources in our economy for as long as possible and that will to significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.

(Date for your Diary: Zero Waste Festival at Youghal GAA on Oct 1st 12noon to 4pm: details to follow).


CHANGE OF DATE: Event 'Wellness Workshop' now 22nd September - booking essential


PLEASE SEE CHANGE OF DATE - NOW TAKING PLACE SEPT 22nd

Lizet Mulder, a biodiversity coordinator from Wildwork/Vericonnect is offering a 'Wellness Workshop' in Youghal on Sept 22nd 5pm - 7pm.

'We are coming up to the Autumn Equinox in September. This is a good time to take stock of the learning and work that culminates in the end of the summer. Join Lizet Mulder for a sunset wellness session on Youghal beach. We will gather to orient ourselves to the group and surroundings. We will take time to appreciate the coast and land. This session invites all members of the Blue Green Network and friends to share learnings and experiences from the past summer. We take the time to reflect on the experiential resources of the group. This is a good time to resource personal resilience in order to face our challenges locally'. 

For those that are interested - please book by emailing blueandgreennetwork@gmail.com.

Open to all but numbers are limited!