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Lismore TT notes 13-3-2019

”Plastic a Solution” — an information evening with a a workshop element was held in Lismore on Wednesday last 6th March . This event was organised by Lismore Tidy Towns in association with Ms. Ella Ryan Environment Awareness Officer Waterford City& Co. Co.. Ms . Ryan facilitated the evening and made the presentation. All of those there on the night came away with thought provoking ideas on the reduction of single use plastics in our homes and why this is essential to this generation and for future ones. The facts that surprised many of us was the length of time that it takes plastic to break down. Drop a bottle of tomato ketchup on the floor and you will be thankful for polyethylene terephthalate or  PET– the nearly indestructible plastic used to make most containers and bottles. In Ireland that bottle should go into the recycling bin but if it does not   and  ends up in  a landfill   you might have second thoughts . Why? because petroleum -based plastics like PET  don’t break down in the same way that organic material does. Wood, grass and food scraps undergo a process known as biodegradation when they are buried which is another way of stating that they are transformed by bacteria in the soil into other useful compound. Bacteria however turn their noses up at plastic and will skip any meal made of plastic items. According to worldwide research carried out below are the estimated time for some everyday items that are all around us to decompose in landfill sites:

PLASTIC BOTTLES———–  -70-450 years
PLASTIC BAGS——————500-1,000 years
DISPOSABLE NAPPIES——-250-500 years
STYROFOAM———————500  years
TIN CAN—————————– 50 years
Time for us all to make changes???????????
Green Week took place at Blackwater Community School Lismore from Monday 4th March to Friday 8th March . Lismore Tidy Towns were glad to be involved with this  and on  the Monday our School Liaison Officer Nora O’ Connor  along with Brid Nowlan and Sean Daly gave presentations to the junior classes on waste and the role of tidy towns in the community.  Thanks to teacher Ms. Anne O’ Sullivan and her team for all of the work being done in the school re waste and litter control and they are wished well in their efforts to achieve a first  Green Flag for the school .

ECO TIP OF THE WEEK

Continuing the A to Z guide to cutting down on plastics in the home— this week it is the letter B
  • B is for shopping bills which may arise initially but may fall if shopping is properly planned– write a list and stick to it
  • B is for baking soda which can be used as a toothpaste,  can be used to clean dishes and as a general household cleaner