Eastern-Midlands Waste Region

Summer 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to the newsletter for the Easter Midlands Waste Region. In this issue we are proudly announcing a brand new environmental initiative: Reuse Month.  We also bring you a round-up of all the waste prevention and resource efficiency news from the region.  

We're Gearing up for Reuse Month

The Regional Waste Offices will coordinate a nationwide event which will run throughout the month of October ‘Reuse Month’. The principle behind this initiative is to promote reuse and reduce waste, which will in turn help to decrease the amount of materials going to landfill and being recycled as well as conserve precious resources and help create employment. 
The aim is to instil behavioural and attitudinal changes through the promotion of donating, repairing, refurbishing, repurposing and lending. In short, it's about empowering people to rethink waste and find ways to give a new lease of life to the items we own. Reusing will cut down on our waste and consumption which is good for the planet and our pockets. 

Reuse Month will take the concepts at the heart of Ireland’s progressive and strategic waste policy and transfer them into practice at grass roots level. In addition, the activities planned have been carefully chosen to coincide with specific policy actions in the Regional Waste Management Plans.

Reuse month will also be a time to celebrate the fantastic work being carried out by organisations and groups all over the country who have already adopted and promote reuse. Throughout the month we will be working with these diverse organisations in order to promote reuse by them displaying and sharing their inspirations and knowledge.

Activities and events will include upcycling workshops, upcycling competitions, promotion for the charity shop sector, the preparation of local repair directories, seminars for local enterprise offices and food waste prevention events. In addition, we will be encouraging people to take a ‘reuse pledge’ where they will commit to doing various types of reuse during the month. For details of the various events taking place around the country, keep an eye on our web site and look out for #reuse16 on our Twitter feed. 
Could you handle the Upcycle Challange 2016?

Are you a passionate upcycler? Can you wield your creative magic to turn a tired, old item in a quirky conversation piece? Then this Free Trade Ireland competition is for you!

The Upcycle Challenge is an EPA-funded project to get Ireland upcycling and to divert materials from landfill and put them back into play. Here are the deets! So get thinking and get upcycling….

It's simple really. The challenge is to unearth your creativity and create something new out of something breathe new life into an item or material that you source - bonus points if you find it on FreeTrade Ireland!!!

There are cash prizes at stake and the competition deadline in September 30th

How to Enter
  • Source something old or unwanted 
  • Take a 'Before' photo
  • Turn it into something new (whether that's cleaning it up and repainting it or repurposing it for a different use, that's up to you)
  • Take an 'After' photo
  • Fill in the entry form
  • Send to
It's that simple!
And now....get upcycling!!! 
Robert and Lara (both 11) of Whitecross National School give TV chef Catherine Fulvio some tips on how to segregate food waste.
Stop Food Waste Recipe: Catherine Fulvio's Sticky Chicken with Cucumber & Carrot Pickle 
Food waste is a real problem and can cost Irish households up to €700 every year. The good news is that with a few simple changes, you can significantly reduce the amount of food discarded in your home. Good meal planning, being clever with leftover food and sticking to a strict shopping list when buying groceries all help to cut down on food waste.

The following is a lovely Summer recipe devised especially for the Regional Waste Offices by TV Chef Catherine Fulvio.
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Sticky Chicken with Cucumber & Carrot Pickle 
This is a great way to use up lettuce, tortillas or pitta and ideal for the summer as a healthy snack or for dinner.  It’s also very versatile, I use leftover chicken, pork or even turkey as the filling.
For the chicken
2 garlic cloves
3 tbsp sugar
1½ tsp Thai fish sauce
1½ tbsp sunflower oil
1 tbsp lime juice
1½ tsp chilli sauce
800 g chicken breasts, cut crosswise into 0.5cm thick slices

For the pickle
3 medium carrots
1 cucumber
220 ml rice vinegar
100 g sugar
To serve
Crisp iceberg lettuce leaves
2tbsp alfalfa sprouts (optional)

To marinate the chicken, whisk together the garlic, sugar, fish sauce, oil, lime juice and chilli sauce in a large bowl until sugar is dissolved. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Refrigerate for about 2 hours.

2. To make the pickle, cut the carrots and cucumber into julienne (very slim strips). Whisk together the vinegar, sugar, and 2 tsps of salt in a bowl until the sugar is dissolved, then add the vegetables and toss to combine. Leave to stand for about 30 minutes, until the vegetables are wilted.

3. To grill the chicken, heat a griddle pan over a medium heat, then grill the chicken in batches, taking care not to overcrowd the pan. Allow to colour on one side before turning over to brown on the other side. This will give a lovely caramel flavour. When the chicken is fully cooked, transfer to a warmed serving plate.

4. Strain the pickled vegetables and arrange around the chicken. To serve, place a lettuce leaf on your plate, top with the pickled vegetables and chicken. Fold over the lettuce and enjoy.
The Shorts: Regional News, Dates for your Diary and our pick from the web 
Master Composters showcase in Westmeath
Westmeath Cathaoirleach Frankie Keena officially opened the first Master Composter Demonstration Site in the county on Thursday 26th May in Ballinahown.

This initiative by Westmeath County Council and Stop Food Waste showcased the various types of compost units available and offered participants the opportunity to consider the various options and help in the selection of what suits the particular households’ needs.

Nuala Madigan, who delivered the course explained that “the benefit of this course is that you get a “hands-on” opportunity to build and maintain the site and to work your way through learning about each of the compost units, their suitability and their benefits”.

Cllr. Frankie Keena presented each of the participants with two Certificates – a Master Composters Certificate and a Stop Food Waste Certificate.

EcoWeek in South Dublin 

South Dublin County Council Eco-week was held in mid-May.  The week long event promoting awareness of the environment was a fantastic opportunity for schools, communities, businesses and citizens in South Dublin to educate themselves and become a part of the solution to environmental needs.   
Movie Time!

As part of Ecoweek, South Dublin County Council was very excited to host the PURE Project Multimedia Environmental Awareness Exhibition: An exhibition featuring award winning short environmental animations, and environmental music videos.
Also featured in the exhibition was a short film PURE MILE and a 
documentary PURE WISDOM based on the the Protecting Uplands and Rural Environments, or PURE, project. PURE is a community/ environmental initiative being carried out in South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown and Wicklow. To find out more information on PURE see

Web Watch - the best of the eco-internet 
News: Red Carpet Recycling - Actress Emma Watson won lots of kudos for her Met-Gala gown. The Calvin Klein creation was made from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles and can be taken apart and worn a number of different ways. We want one!

Facebook: Revived & Retro - The Terryglass-based furniture reuse company, known for its creative and quirky pieces, have just launched a new Facebook page. Give them a like and check out their wares.  
Dates for your Diary 
September 5 - Launch of Reuse Month, Wood Quay Venue, Dublin
September 22 - Environment Ireland conference in Croke Park
October 1- 31 : Reuse Month
October 22: CRNI conference

LAPN tackles Food Waste, Toxic Waste and Single Use Items in 2016

The Local Authority Prevention Network (LAPN), a co-operative programme between the EPA and local authorities, has approved funding for a range of waste prevention and resource efficiency nationwide. The projects are largely based around the themes of preventing food waste, reducing and managing hazardous waste and promoting the use of reusable items over throw-away single-use items.    
The projects will be carried out by local authorities in partnership with local citizens, communities, schools, business and organisations. We'll be featuring the projects in our newsletters and on the EMWR website - so watch this space!
Watt to do ..... with those Batteries?
Cathaoirleach, Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald tries out the Smoothie Bike at the launch of the national pilot for a community-led battery collection drive in Abbeyleix. Also pictured arerepresentatives from Dove House, Abbeyleix Tidy Towns, Super Valu Abbeyleix and WEEE Ireland.
In an initiative between Laois County Council, Abbeyleix Tidy Towns and WEEE Ireland, the national pilot for the first community-led battery recycling drive collected an impressive 447kgs of batteries within a 3.5 week period. Given that it would normally take WEEE Ireland 30 trips to collect this amount, this represents a significant decrease in the carbon footprint normally involved.
Ann-Marie Kelly, the Environmental Awareness Officer, approached WEEE Ireland and Abbeyleix Tidy Towns to partner on the project and a range of local businesses, libraries and schools came on board to round up dead and disused batteries. The focus of this pilot was to raise awareness about recycling batteries properly and keeping them out of landfill. In order to reach EU targets, almost one in every two batteries we use in Ireland must be collected and recycled and it is likely that this community-led model will be extended nationwide. All batteries collected by WEEE Ireland generate funds for the Laura Lynn charity. 

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