Composting information day: Bernadette Moloney, Environmental Awareness Officer and Nora Darcy KKB at the stand.
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful in association with the Environmental Awareness Officer of Kilkenny Local Authorities discussed the great benefits of home composting with shoppers in Woodie’s DIY last Saturday the 8th April. The information stand was busy with queries of best practice and many shoppers were pleased to learn that one third of household rubbish can be easily composted.
The information stand stood beside a composting unit that Woodie’s DIY stock. Store Manager Brendan Corr was delighted to assist the Kilkenny Tidy Towns group, KKB with this unique initiative. Mr Corr expressed great interest from the very beginning in working in partnership with the local group and Kilkenny Local Authorities. He also explained that their qualified horticulturist is always on hand to deal with any customer composting queries.
KKB are active with regular litter picks throughout the city and liaise closely with dozens of residents associations in the city environs. Kilkenny City fell only two points short of the national title in 2010 so this year efforts are concentrated on other competition categories like waste minimisation to boost their competition score.
Bernadette Moloney, the Environmental Awareness Officer of Kilkenny County Council was delighted to come on board with this initiative as it ties in nicely with the current national “stop food waste” campaign which has proven that average families can spend between €700-€1,000 annually on food that’s not eaten and ends up in the household bin. Composting materials like raw vegetables, fruit, tea bags together with newspaper can divert one third of household waste from landfill so it’s a practice which is easy on the pocket and great for the environment.
For further details; contact keepkilkennybeautiful or Bernadette Moloney, Environmental Awareness Officer, Kilkenny Coco on 056-7794487 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Composting and gardening wildlife workshop for all ages is to take place on Saturday the 27th November 11am-1pm at the City Library.
Come along and explore the world of composting. Learn about the different compost systems available to you and choose the system that best suits your needs. The workshop will introduce in detail compost bins, leaf mould and wormeries. For younger composters make your own ‘compost in a bottle’ to take home and watch your organic waste change into a compost for planting your flowers and vegetables.
To encourage wildlife into your garden take home our top ten tips including log piles, nesting boxes and wildlife friendly plants. A sample of live freshwater invertebrates will help you to learn the benefits of garden ponds while our singing garden birds will help you identify your garden birds.
This event is organised in partnership between Kilkenny County Council and Keep Kilkenny Beautiful for EU Waste Reduction Week. we look forward to seeing you there!