'Jobs can be created in Tipperary from new zero waste pilot project'

'Jobs can be created in Tipperary from new zero waste pilot project'

By Dylan White dylan.white@iconicnews.ie

Cashel has been chosen for a zero waste pilot project, it was announced at the Cashel-Tipperary Municipal District monthly meeting recently.

The pilot, a collaboration between environmental charity VOICE and the Southern Region Waste Management Office (SRWMO), aims to “re-engage people with better recycling,” waste prevention co-ordinator at the SRWMO, Pauline McDonogh, explained.

“The pilot is just starting out and funding has been applied for from the Environmental Protection Agency under the Green Enterprises project. We will know in the coming days if we have been successful or not,” Ms. McDonogh underlined.

Ms. McDonogh added that the town can be a model for communities around Ireland in the future.

Co-ordinator at VOICE, Mindy O’Brien, said community involvement in the Cashel pilot is essential. She intends on speaking to groups such as resident associations, schools and Tidy Towns to get their ideas for waste management.

Ms.O’Brien wants to hire a part time person to run the pilot in the Cashel area if funding is secured, adding: “Jobs can be created locally from zero waste management if the investment is there and new social enterprises can also be created. But firstly we have to change behaviour at local level and that takes time”.

Fine Gael’s Tom Hayes and district councillors have widely welcomed the pilot project.

It was also noted that a number of public events are set to take place in Cashel for National Reuse Month, including a workshop for parents on upcycling Halloween costumes on October 14 in the Spafield Family Resource Centre (10am to 11.30am); an art workshop in Cashel Library on October 15 (2pm to 4pm); a baby market in Halla Na Feile on October 23 (10am to 2pm); and a fashion show in Halla Na Feile on October 26 (7.30-9.30pm).

Read the full story in this week's South Tipp Today and The Nationalist.

Pictured above is Tom Hayes who said the pilot project is a “huge boost” for Cashel.