Even with the intense heat of the past week the work team got out on Monday evening and Wednesday morning last. All of the Grotto area at West Street was weeded & swept plus the weeding of the new flower beds at the New Way and the pointed part of the Triangle. On Wednesday morning all of the footpaths in the Millenium Park were swept and the team also swept outside the footpath kerbing from West Street to the Castle Lodge on Mai Street. We found that the debris collected was mainly cigarette butts which ties in with the results of a recent nationwide survey. The exterior footpaths of business premises where people are allowed to smoke should be swept everyday and the cooperation of all businesses is needed in regard to the above. It is acknowledged that there are some businesses who do sweep up outside their properties on a daily basis and thanks to them for doing this. Our two CE workers Jim and Gordon did a lot of painting in the past week with the entrance gate to their base done and nearly all of the ESB junction boxes all around the town as well as the washing of all of the town’s litter bins.
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- because you will make new friends and connect with your neighbours when you share your vegetable gluts–
- because having a deeper understanding of growing even a little gives a better appreciation of the time and effort that goes into producing wholesome nourishing food. Hence you will be less likely to complain about the price of real food again!!
- because you get a real feelgood factor.” Growing your own” produces a wonderful sense of pride and satisfaction at each new achievement. It may also spark new interests in nutrition, botany & landscaping
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- because you reduce food waste– it is not so easy to throw out something when you have planted the seed yourself, nurtured it and waited patiently for it to grow into something delicious to eat. We are more inclined to eat or preserve every scrap rather than waste a morsel
- because you need to worry less about food safety
- because gardening is a great way to relax, de-stress, enjoy fresh air and sunshine and can be therapeutic. Every gardening activity provides exercise and you can burn off as many calories in 45 minutes of gardening as in 30 minutes of aerobics
- because you are educating your children/ grandchildren/ nieces/ nephews/ neighbours on where their food comes from and it gives them an understanding of how dependent we are on the 12–15cm of soil around the world
The 2017 National Litter Pollution Report for the Irish Republic was published on Monday 18th June and showed that the main constituent of litter pollution nationwide were cigarette related litter- 56.3%, packaging litter -17.6%, food related litter-9% , sweet related litter 7.9% ., paper items 4.7%, plastic items non packaging- 0.4%, large litter items- 1.3%, deleterious litter- 1.85% and miscellaneous 0.8%The report shows that pedestrians are the main causes of litter-42% and passing motorists are the second greatest offenders at 19%. All of us involved in litter control and pick ups will agree with those findings . The government is now considering ways to decrease the amount of litter on Irish streets and may consider increasing the on the spot litter fine which is at present 150 euro to 250 euro. On the spot fines can be issued by a litter warden appointed by the local authority or by a garda. . How many on the spot litter fines have been made in any of our towns and villages in Co. Waterford?
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- because you may be able to save money on medical bills. Doctors have stated that around 60% of cases presented to them are caused directly by the food people are eating and can be significantly improved by a change of diet
- because you reduce your own food costs. Growing your own produce reduces the cost of supplying your family with a fresh supply of organic produce
- because you save on food miles and by doing this help to lower your carbon footprint. Growing your own food sustainably helps to reduce fossil fuels and the pollution that results from transporting fresh produce by plane and truck from all over the world to our shops and supermarkets