Approximately 62% of waste in County Westmeath goes to landfill. This is not sustainable or acceptable and we must achieve a situation where sending waste to landfill is OUR LAST OPTION.
Prevention, Reduction, Reuse and Recycling is the preferred options in managing household waste to reduce the amount of waste that is produced in the first place.
Prevention is the best method of reducing waste - if we don't buy it we don't have to dispose of it. In Ireland, the average family spends €400- €1,000 on food that ends up being thrown in the bin. If we know what we waste, plan meals, prepare a shopping list and store and serve the food properly we maximise the nutritional and monetary value from our food. Try taking the "Stop Food Waste" Challenge to reduce your food waste by 1/4 - www.stopfoodwaste.ie.
Here are some tasty recipes to tempt you on your way:
Recipe Booklet - Family Favourites (1,217kB)
The average household produces 1.5 tonnes of waste a year. We can reduce this amount by prevention, minimisation, reuse and recycling
The following are ways to reduce waste:
One third of the food we buy is thrown away. Savings of up to €1000 each year could be made by reducing the food we throw away. For tips on reducing food waste see - www.stopfoodwaste.ie
Click here Your Freezer - Friend or Foe (228kB)
Many items can be used for different purposes and examples of this are listed below.
After reducing and reusing, recycling is the next most preferable option. Approximately 38% of waste is recycled. Recycling reduces the use of raw materials, lowers energy costs and results in less waste going to landfill.
For more information see http://www.recyclemore.ie
Free Trade Ireland allows you to pass on & pick up items free of charge.
Log onto www.freetradeireland.ie
Composting is a natural process where organic materials rot or biodegrade naturally into brown/black crumbly material that can be used in the garden as a soil improver or natural fertiliser. It is an easy way to recycle your garden /kitchen waste.
Download your free guide to composting from: www.stopfoodwaste.ie.