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‘Green Aware’ Campaign 2017 Launch

‘Green Aware’ Campaign 2017 Launch Back Row Left–Right: Aidan Doyle, CEO Sligo Chamber; Lucy Brennan, Sligo County Council and Sligo Tidy Towns Landscaping & Open Spaces Team Leader; Councillor Seamus Kilgannon, Sligo County Council; Emer Concannon, Sligo County Council and Sligo Tidy Towns Sustainable Waste & Resource Management Team Leader; Simon Rooney, Waste to Zero Consulting Ltd.; Bernard Mahony, Sligo Tidy Towns Sustainable Waste & Resource Management Team Front Row Left-Right: Des Faul, President, Sligo Chamber; Cathaoirleach Councillor Hubert Keaney, Sligo County Council; Peter Tiernan, Chairperson, Sligo Tidy Towns

The ‘Green Aware’ Campaign 2017 was launched by Cathaoirleach Councillor Hubert Keaney, in advance of Sligo’s St. Patricks Day Festival, last Tuesday 7th March, in City Hall, Sligo.

The ‘Green Aware’ Campaign evolved in 2016 following the success of the ‘Green Fleadh Aware’ Campaign, which was run over the two summers of 2014 and 2015. The ‘Green Aware’ Campaign is a collaborative effort aimed at continuing the awareness of the benefits, both environmentally and financially, of dealing with waste in a sustainable way. The Campaign is being led by Sligo Tidy Towns and supported by Sligo County Council and the Sligo Food Trail.

The focus for the Green Aware Campaign again this year is on Reducing Food Waste.  By reducing food waste you are not only being environmentally sustainable, you are saving your business money!

Hotels, Restaurants, cafes and pubs are being asked to commit to ‘Reducing food waste; Reusing what they can; Recycling & Composting and Thinking before they buy!

Businesses that support the campaign will display a window sticker committing to being ‘Green Aware’.

Some interesting facts on food waste:

While the cost of a ‘Brown Bin’ collection is less than €10, the real cost is approximately €150. That is €150 walking out the back door! This includes the cost of purchasing the food; processing it; storing it; cooking it.
The quantity of Food Waste in the US is more than enough to feed the 800 million people worldwide who face hunger every day.

The Campaign is being launched in advance of the St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Sligo to ensure that awareness of food waste is to the forefront of Businesses during this busy time.

We are asking the public to support Businesses who commit to environmentally sustainable measures. Look out for the Sticker!