BLACKROCK has, deservedly, achieved a reputation for fine dining with a plentiful supply of restaurants, cafes and delicatessens providing a wonderful menu of choice at great prices.
With this number and variety of food outlets comes the challenge of dealing with food waste in accordance with commercial food regulations, but Blackrock Tidy Towns recently turned that challenge into an opportunity when they teamed up with Louth County Council and the Restaurants Association of Ireland to deliver a short seminar on Sustainable Waste Management in the Hospitality and Catering Sector.
A spokesperson for Blackrock Tidy Towns confirmed that they were 'very pleased that quite a number of businesses serving food in the village attended the seminar to get advice on how to comply with the regulations and make their businesses even more environmentally sustainable'.
Aisling Sheridan, Environmental Awareness Officer with Louth County Council was on hand to highlight the misuse of resources and the resulting increased costs of disposal, and provided plenty of advice on how to reduce costs, improve sustainability and develop a better customer image.
Delegates learned that every tonne of food waste costs a business €2,000 from purchase to storage, to cooking, to disposal. Plenty of tips were given in relation to 'greener purchasing', including the examination of produce being thrown away and, of course, the very important issue of buying locally to avoid unnecessary transportation.
Fresh from their success as winners of the national Climate Change Award in the 2013 Tidy Towns competition, Blackrock Tidy Towns are confident that the lessons learned and shared as a result of participation in this seminar will reduce the community's carbon footprint even further.