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We want to support and advise householders and businesses on ways to save money while protecting the environment. Sustainable Living in Blackrock focusses on the themes of Waste, Energy, Water and Transport.  Much of the information originated in the Blackrock Green Home Programme begun in 2012 in which households in the village participated and which we ran in conjunction with An Taisce and Louth County Council.  For more information on the Blackrock Green Home Programme and how you can become part of it click here

1. WASTE
2. WATER
3. ENERGY
4. TRANSPORT/TRAVEL
5. MORE ABOUT WASTE MINIMISATION
6. HOME COMPOSTING (This is a link to the EPA’s “Stop Food Waste” website. Click here also when using the QR code at the Home Composting Demonstration Site in Blackrock Park)

     

WASTE

Waste Prevention

The most effective way to deal with waste is through a Waste Prevention approach. This approach focuses on changes in lifestyles and in production and consumption patterns. By not generating waste, we can eliminate the need to handle, transport, treat and dispose of waste. We can also avoid having to pay for these services.  For example, did you know that 30% of the food we buy is discarded?

Waste Hierarchy

The debate surrounding waste management has put forward a method of positive action with regard to waste known as the Waste Hierarchy. At the top of the Hierarchy is prevention and avoidance of the generation of waste, and at the bottom, the least preferred option, disposal.

Summary of the Waste Hierarchy

Prevention/Minimisation: Before any purchases are made, consider are they even needed. Clever shopping by buying in bulk, using refills etc.

Reuse: This is where a product is bought and sold on with the same purpose. E.g. clothes banks, jam jars – there is no change.

Recycling: A waste is processed into a new product often not related to the initial item. E.g. glass, plastics and composting.

Energy Recovery: Taking waste/part of a waste stream, and using it as a fuel. E.g. making paper logs, waste-to-energy plants.

Disposal: Landfill is the disposal route for 91% of the household, commercial and industrial waste produced in Ireland.

More useful links:

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foodmiles
savvyshopper

     

WATER

water use it wiselyThe amount of fresh water that is available to humans is actually quite limited.97% of the water in the world is sea water and therefore not suitable for drinking. Approximately 2% of the water is held in ice. This leaves only 1% of the world’s water available for human consumption.

The fact that we will now pay for the water we use means that water conservation will have a direct impact on household bills.


Click here to become “Water Wise” (part 1)
Click here to become “Water Wise” (part 2)
Click here to become “Water Wise” (part 3)

 

     

ENERGY

powersaverUsing energy efficiently within the home or business is aimed at achieving the required level of comfort at the least cost to the householder, while minimising damage to the environment. Every time we switch on a light, cook a meal or turn up the thermostat, we use energy. Whilst the use of energy is an essential part of daily life, an excessive amount of energy is wasted or lost.


More useful information at the Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland

 

 

     

TRANSPORT / TRAVEL

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Transport is responsible for almost 20% of Ireland”s greenhouse gas emissions. Small particles emitted by vehicles using petrol or diesel are linked to asthma, and nitrogen oxides cause respiratory diseases and can produce smog at ground level. Irish people are becoming increasingly car-dependent with car numbers increasing accordingly.  And, of course, the goods and food we buy are very often dependent on transport to get from the sourse of production to our tables and businesses.


Find out about Food Miles here
Here are some Tips to Save Money While Driving

 

     

MORE ABOUT SUSTAINABLE LIVING IN BLACKROCK

We produced this booklet containing all the above information to provide tips and advice for residents of Blackrock on how to reduce waste (waste materials, energy, water and transport) in the most environmentally sustainable way possible. Click on the link to download or read the booklet.

SUSTAINABLE LIVING IN BLACKROCK

Useful Links

There is lots of useful information on waste management etc. on the Louth County Council website.
Check out V&W Recycling for more on recycling.

 

     

BLACKROCK GREEN HOME PROGRAMME

We currently have some 110 Blackrock households signed up the the Blackrock Green Home Programme which we operate in association with An Taisce and Louth County Council.

Are you registered as a Green Home participant?  If not, why not contact us on blackrocktt@gmail.com to be included in our ever-growing list of members.  We will keep you informed on an ongoing basis of all relevant Sustainable Living matters and include you in various initiatives and offers we introduce throughout the year.

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In 2014 Blackrock completed its two year Green Home Programme, and has recorded significant improvements in its “green” rating over the period.  The programme was initiated by Blackrock Tidy Towns in 2012 in association with An Taisce, Louth County Council and St. Oliver Plunkett’s school.  Over 100 households signed up to the programme, many at the “Green Christmas Fair” organised by the Tidy Towns in 2012.  Each household completed an initial online survey answering a series of questions relating to waste, energy, water and transport, and were provided with their rating for each at that point.  Ratings under “water” and “transport” indicated significant opportunity for improvement based on the survey results.  Over the period of the programme the participants received information that would help them achieve these improvements, while at the same time raising their awareness about each of the themes and the global aspects of the need to do something positive to conserve scarce resources and to protect the environment.  It was also demonstrated that becoming “greener” would help save each household money in the longer term.  During the course of the programme participants took part in a “Christmas Food Waste Challenge”, a “Water Wise” initiative, and learned about “Food Miles” and  “Wiser Travel”.  Over the last month each household completed a final survey to measure their “green” ratings two years later, and to compare it to the initial results.  Improvements were been recorded under each of the four themes with an 8% improvement under “waste”, 13% under “transport”, 17% under “energy” and a whopping 30% improvement under “water”.  Overall the programme delivered a 17% improvement rating for the Blackrock community.  Blackrock Tidy Towns accepted a plaque from An Taisce acknowledging completion of the programme at a ceremony in The Helix in Dublin last Wednesday (21st), and the plaque will be erected on the promenade shortly. We would like to congratulate each of the 90 households who completed the Green Home Programme. We hope that they will continue to get significant benefits from what they have achieved, quite apart from the fact that, by participating, each has contributed to the long-term protection of our environment for the benefit of all our children.  Thank you to Dr. Dorothy Stewart from An Taisce, Mary Murtagh from Louth County Council, and St. Oliver Plunkett’s school for facilitating the Green Home Programme for Blackrock.
Last Updated on Friday, 08 May 2015 20:32

 

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