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Megan Byrne, (Left) Joseph Wynne, Sinead O'Callaghan and Jamie O'Rourke, Walshestown NS who took part in the “Race Against Waste” Recycled Christmas Decorations ceremony.

Megan Byrne, (Left) Joseph Wynne, Sinead O'Callaghan and Jamie O'Rourke, Walshestown NS who took part in the “Race Against Waste” Recycled Christmas Decorations ceremony.

Chloe Matthews, Darren Clarke, Sinead Kerr, Jordan Martin and Nadine Markey, Stonetown National School who took part in the “Race Against Waste” Recycled Christmas Decorations ceremony held in Louth County Council.

Chloe Matthews, Darren Clarke, Sinead Kerr, Jordan Martin and Nadine Markey, Stonetown National School who took part in the “Race Against Waste” Recycled Christmas Decorations ceremony held in Louth County Council.

Katie Barr, (Left) Elizabeth McKenny and Amy McBennett, Scoil Mhuire na Trocaire, Ardee who took part in the “Race Against Waste” Recycled Christmas Decorations ceremony held in Louth County Council.

Katie Barr, (Left) Elizabeth McKenny and Amy McBennett, Scoil Mhuire na Trocaire, Ardee who took part in the “Race Against Waste” Recycled Christmas Decorations ceremony held in Louth County Council.

Nicholas McCabe, Chairman of Louth County Council with pupils from the CBS, Dundalk, Nathan Cooney, Clodagh O'Riordan, Padraig McKenna and Conall McKeever who took part in the “Race Against Waste”.

Nicholas McCabe, Chairman of Louth County Council with pupils from the CBS, Dundalk, Nathan Cooney, Clodagh O'Riordan, Padraig McKenna and Conall McKeever who took part in the “Race Against Waste”.

Emily Norton, Ryan McGahon and Lauren Woodward, Realt na Mara National School who took part in the “Race Against Waste” Recycled Christmas Decorations ceremony held in Louth County Council.

Emily Norton, Ryan McGahon and Lauren Woodward, Realt na Mara National School who took part in the “Race Against Waste” Recycled Christmas Decorations ceremony held in Louth County Council.

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Megan Byrne, (Left) Joseph Wynne, Sinead O'Callaghan and Jamie O'Rourke, Walshestown NS who took part in the “Race Against Waste” Recycled Christmas Decorations ceremony.

An unprecedented number of pupils from primary schools throughout the County participated in the competition and one entry from each school was put forward to the County Final. The Christmas decorations were hung on the Councils giant Christmas Tree in County Hall, Dundalk.Thousands of children participated in the Christmas Tree Decoration competition run by 26 local a

An unprecedented number of pupils from primary schools throughout the County participated in the competition and one entry from each school was put forward to the County Final. The Christmas decorations were hung on the Council’s giant Christmas Tree in County Hall, Dundalk.

Thousands of children participated in the Christmas Tree Decoration competition run by 26 local authorities in Ireland and supported by the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government’s "Race Against Waste" campaign to get people at home and at work to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill and to recycle more.

The competition winners were (in no particular order):

Nadine Markey, Age 10, Stonetown National School, Stonetown, Dundalk created "Reindeer’s Way" which was a beautiful Christmas Stocking made out of an old jumper, curtain frills, velvet offcuts together with the message "This Christmas please try to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle".

Charlie McShane, Age 7, St. Patrick’s Boys N.S., Bothar Brugha, Drogheda created "Snow Bubble" which was made from the end of a plastic bottle, polystyrene and twig. The polystyrene created a snowflake effect.

Joseph Wynne, Age 12, St. Paul’s N.S., Walshestown, Grangebellew, Drogheda created "Snowman" which was made from pizza boxes, old wadding, old paper etc.

Class 3, St. Brigid’s School, Ard Easmuinn, Dundalk created "Christmas Trees" which was an arrangement of 3 Christmas trees made from cereal boxes, egg cartons, tin foil and old baking trays. The presentation also included presents for under these trees.

"The standard of artwork in each of the decorations submitted was very high and we congratulate the pupils, their teachers and their families for all the hard work they put into the competition," said Cllr. Nicholas McCabe, Cathaoirleach, Louth County Council.

"We are also very impressed by the children’s level of awareness of the need to reduce waste and to recycle more," said Cllr. McCabe . "This competition has highlighted how Christmas is an ideal time to join the Race Against Waste because so much extra packaging and rubbish is usually generated at this time of year."

"We can all take simple steps to get into the Race Against Waste this Christmas, such as composting potato and carrot peelings, reusing wrapping paper, buying a battery recharger and rechargeable batters for toys and gadgets and recycling as much as possible," says Joe McGuinness, Senior Executive Officer, Louth County Council.

Louth County Council operate 20 Bring Centres and our Civic Amenity Site at Newry Road, Dundalk are open as follows: Monday 22nd 9.30am – 6pm, Tuesday 23rd 9.30am – 6 pm, Wednesday 24th 9.00am – 12.30pm (half day), Thursday 25th Closed, Friday/Saturday/Sunday 26th/27th/28th Closed, Monday 29th 9.30am – 6pm, Tuesday 30th - 9.30am – 6pm, Wednesday 31st 9.30am – 4pm - 1st January Closed, 2nd January 9.30 – 6p.m.



For more information visit (council website) or www.raceagainstwaste.com.














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