KKB are working with many cafes through out Kilkenny city to reduce the amount of waste from single-use cups. Congratulations to the many cafes who have already agreed to provide reusable cups and also who give a discount to customers who present a reusable cup.
When you’re in a cafe to get a takeaway coffee why not ask for a reusable cup and a discount. This also helps to reduce waste!
What’s more, the coffee tastes a lot better!
Many Kilkenny cafes are now providing an alternative to the one use cup.
Congratulations to all who took part in our poop off our pavements promotional on the Canal Walk and at McDonagh Junction shopping centre. KKB had a great time meeting all of the dog owners and their wonderful dogs. It is great to see that all want a wonderful environment to walk in Kilkenny City with their dogs and that they support the scooping of poop to Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.
A handy poop bag holder was also distributed as were poop off our pavement stickers and sustainable poop bags.
A number of talking lampposts have also appeared along the main walks through out Kilkenny to reminding all regarding the need to scoop the poop and Keep Kilkenny Beautiful for all.
Nore Dragon Paddlers overall European Environmental Award
On the 16th of October, the Nore Dragon Paddlers were awarded a “Hero’s in the Community Award” from Keep Kilkenny Beautiful for their continuous environmental contribution on the river Nore along with the Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club, KACC.
This involved regular litter picks on the river whilst out on the water . As a result of this great achievement, the president of the Irish Dragon Boat Association, Julie Doyle, nominated the Nore Dragon Paddlers for the Environmental Award at the European Dragon Boat Federation Forum (30th of November – 2nd of December ) in Seville, Spain. We are delighted to announce that not only did the Nore Dragon Paddlers make the final, but they actually won the award!
The award ceremony was held on Saturday 1st November in Seville and was attended by representatives of the dragon boat community from 16 Nations including Ireland.
Paddlers launch on to the river Nore
Congratulations to the Paddlers for their international success and working with our community to improve the environment in a sustainable way.
Savour Kilkenny has introduced new green initiatives to minimise the environmental impact of the festival with waste minimisation and also raising environmental awareness for stall holders and visitors. This includes food waste bins, (for cooked / raw food) in addition general waste bins, compostable packaging, cardboard and newspaper. Reusable shopping bags are also available. This green initiative will divert food waste from landfill and instead the waste will be composted and converted into a usable product. Kilkenny CoCo and Savour encourage festival goers to separate their waste into compostable and general waste. visitors can refill their water bottles at provided water points reducing the need for plastic bottled water. Visitors are encouraged to walk, cycle, car pool to get to events which are mostly centered on the City area within easy access.
Wednesday 8th August 7pm at Canal Walk slip will see Kilkenny Sub Aqua Club (KSAC); Keep Kilkenny Beautiful (KKB) & Kilkenny County Council (KCC) coming together to sweep the city section of the River Nore to clear it of as much waste items as possible. Volunteers from the three organisations are working together to make the best impact as possible. This partnership has worked well over many years and efforts will go toward KKB’s Kilkenny’s submission to the National Tidy Towns Competition 2018.
The current water levels are historically low and this may assist with material that is lodged in areas hard to reach in “normal” years flow, said Lorcan Scott PRO with KSAC. The River Nore is a Special Area of Conservation and the clean-up should enhance conditions for fish and mammals species moving along the river.
Kilkenny city is blessed to have such a recreational and visual asset and as with all urban waterways the Nore can receive waste from a range of sources from excitable party goers to the inconsiderate members of the public.
This exercise will also have the added benefit of removing any potential hazard to divers required in any Search and Recovery activity in the Nore city section.
KSAC and KKB wish to thank Kilkenny County Council for their offer to take any resultant waste for appropriate disposal.