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?
Workwise Lismore Tidy Towns work and CE teams have had another very busy week to help maintain the ongoing high presentation of Lismore town. Due to the humid conditions of late weeds are thriving so most of our planted areas had to be weeded again, tall weeds removed from tops of walls in the town’s environs, sweeping of long stretches of footpath at the New Way, at the Spout and at Townparks.
Thanks to the Lismore outdoor staff of Waterford City & Co. Co. for starting the groundworks at Lismore’s Millennium Park in preparation for the erection of the . new wood sculpture.This will be a two sided carving by renowned wood sculptor John Hayes , Fenor and financed by Lismore Tidy Towns .
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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
“BIN IT , DON’T FLING IT. HELP KEEP OUR ROADS LITTER FREE”– this is the slogan of an anti roadside litter campaign recently launched by Waterford City & Co. Co.in association with other local authorities in the South East . Lismore Tidy Towns is glad to be involved with the initiative . It was decided by the tidy towns group to target four car parking areas in Lismore and place signage at those locations– the public car park, the community centre car park, the car park at Canal View Park and the car park of Centra Supermarket. Thanks to Willie Roche Centra for agreeing to put up the sign in his car park and Lismore GAA for giving us permission to place a sign at the Community Centre.
We should be in the adjudication period of the 2018 Super Valu Tidy Towns competition now. Nobody knows when the adjudicators visit so everything needs to be in tip top condition for the coming months . A sincere thank you to the owners of some business premises who were asked to to do work on their properties and did so and to those who do maintenance work without being asked. Last week was our busiest week to date and with the good weather people were out working every day of the past week— morning and evening– to ensure that all of planned work for the competition would be completed. The only project not completed in time for the first adjudication is the new carving for the park but this was expected and hopefully will be in situ before the end of June.
Reminding dog owners that the biodegradable dog waste bags in the public dispensers are for dog walkers and not for use in the home. People have been seen taking bunches of bags from the dispensers. Dog owners should be able to buy their own waste bags which are cheap to buy in discount shops and only use those in the dispensers if they leave home without one. The bags in the dispensers bags are offered free to the public but people need to remember that companies don’t supply those bags free of of charge and that somebody has to pay for them .
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Grow your own food in the garden, on a balcony, in a container– WHY
1. The security of knowing how your food is produced is reason enough to grow your own and it adds another dimension to the word ” local”. After all there is nothing more local than food that comes from you own garden or containers– it is the ultimate in traceability and it gives you a supply of organic fresh food ready to eat at a moment’s notice
2.Because you reap the health benefits of eating your own fresh produce , grown on rich soil which will include the beneficial bacteria and enzymes of your local area known to enhance your immune system
3.It gives you more choice–you can choose from a wide range of seed to deliver the natural flavours that you crave
4. Because fresh locally grown herbs, vegetables and fruit are higher in nutrients than those that have travelled long distances over several days
The week starting Monday 28th May was again another very busy week for both the working and CE teams. Grass was strimmed at the Ice Houses on the Ballyduff Road and grass seed set at some prepared spaces there ,all of the topiary at Canal View Park was trimmed and shaped, the footpath running along by the canal weeded and swept, the beds in the hotel car park weeded and the whole ground area swept ,two planted areas at the Bank of Ireland were weeded,all seating in public spaces washed as well as all of the other individual work that tidy towns members have been doing in their own free time . Signage to promote the All Ireland Pollinator Plan have been placed at sites around the town which have been planted with pollinator friendly plants and shrubs. To attract the bees we have incorporated some pollinator friendly plants in the wall baskets on West Street as most flowers used for hanging baskets/ containers are not pollinator friendly . A new sign has also been placed on the railing at Canal View Park about the do’s and don’ts about feeding the ducks.
In recent weeks all of the mile markers in the environs of Lismore have been painted and Sean Daly is thanked for doing that work. A bee and bug hotel built and put together by Lismore Tidy Town’s member Sheila Roche has been placed in the Millennium Park close to the composting area.
As adjudication time for the 2018 SuperValu Tidy Towns competition approaches the work effort at this time is being concentrated on the tidiness aspect of the competition. It was great to have the big street sweeper in town during the past week to sweep all of the winter/spring debris of all of our approach roads.A big thank you to our local engineer Waterford City & Co. Co. and local GSS John Foley for their efforts in organising this. This coming week tidy towns members and its CE scheme workers are going to wash some unoccupied premises on Main Street and we appeal to landlords of properties and owners of business premises to ensure that from this week on that your property is clean and presentable. People are asked to regularly sweep the footpath adjacent to their premises and to dispose of any debris swept — please don’t leave it in a heap outside the kerbing.
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Protect your crops— encourage blackfly predators such as ladybirds by leaving a patch of nettles to grow in the garden or plant some calendula