A recycling workshop has been organised in conjunction with Transition Towns Kinsale and Tidy Towns for Thursday 22nd February, at 7.30pm at the Kinsale Friary, as part of the VOICE recycling ambassador programme.
Following a sustainability focus group with householders and businesses in Kinsale, the findings were clear that people want to do the right thing to reduce waste and live healthy and sustainable lives. However, people feel overwhelmed and frustrated by lack of clarity around what they should do and confusion abounds around the information on offer.
Plastic Free Kinsale was born, an initiative dedicated to tackling this messaging issue and providing simple and accessible information. The aim is to mobilise action in homes, business, clubs and schools in the town, and to have fun doing it.
Ireland is one of Europe’s top 5 plastic waste producers, producing 61 kilogrammes per person, per year. Now that China, who in 2016 took 95% of Ireland’s plastic for recycling, has signalled that it will no longer accept our waste, reducing the amount of plastic we consume is a must.
The Recycling Workshop is supported by REPAK and VivaGreen Group – a knowledge based Irish company and world leader in the research and development of high quality biodegradable, chemical and plastic-free materials.
The VivaGreen product range includes a number of products for the home and outdoors, including GreenSax, Snackpack, Lunchpack – compostable bags in a range of sizes for wheelie bins, counter top waste management and composting, nappy sacks and dog waste. VivaGreen also produces Moss Off chemical free for outdoor areas and lawns. www.vivagreengroup.com
Plastic Free Kinsale’s website www.plasticfreekinsale.com and social media platforms are used to share top tips, facts and solutions. This includes three simple things each club, school, household and business can take to reduce plastic waste.
Other workshops, presentations, beach cleans and family events will be organised throughout the year.