By Kim O'Leary
Naas Councillor Sorcha O'Neill is asking Kildare County Council to facilitate Recycling Ambassador Programs throughout the county at the next council meeting.
This grant scheme is part of a campaign to re-engage the public in recycling and will be run by VOICE – Ireland’s leading environmental ENGOs tackling waste - and will receive significant funding from Repak. This program asks community groups to engage in face-to-face conversations with their neighbours to clear up recycling confusion and to understand barriers individuals face by documenting their views through surveys.
The public is becoming more and more environmentally conscious and we hope the list will make recycling easier for people, reducing contamination in the recycling bin, which can be as high as 40% in some areas of Dublin. Contamination averages 25% in the recycling bin nationwide, with Cork and Kerry leading the way at 15%.
Groups who are awarded this new grant will nominate a community coach to help their local area to get their recycling bins sorted and carry out activities that support the Recycling Ambassador Programme objectives of reducing contamination in the recycling bin and raising Irish recycling rates.
Repak is supporting this national scheme that encourages behavioural change in consumers when it comes to packaging recycling. Partnering with the Recycling Ambassador Programme, promoting best recycling practices and educating the public on what can and cannot go into the recycling bin.
Independent councillor Sorcha O'Neill is asking the council and its 40 strong council members to support this program in their areas. "You don't have to wait for this to be discussed at council level, groups can start their own and apply for the grants themselves by visiting the website VoiceIreland.org. Closing date for applications is 13th April 2018."
The motion will be proposed for discussion the full council meeting on the 26th March 2018.
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