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Wednesday 18 July 2018

Millstreet Tidy Towns project better for the environment

Cooking author Mary Louise Ward joined by daughter Amee and Barnadette Walsh at the Smart Store launch. Picture: John Tarrant
Cooking author Mary Louise Ward joined by daughter Amee and Barnadette Walsh at the Smart Store launch. Picture: John Tarrant
Mary O'Connor and Joan Sheehan.
Ruby Lehane met up with a pet rabbit at the Smart Store launch.

John Tarrant

Waste minimisation by changing our habits and becoming smarter at planning, shopping and cooking, that's what Millstreet Tidy Towns are urging the public to consider as a new awareness project was launched at O'Keeffe's Supervalu.

The association's anti-dumping initiative, in co-operation with Cork County Council and Southern Regional Waste Office, is a pilot project which, if successful, will be widely taken up in the southern region by tidy town groups ad well as city and county councils. Millstreet TTA Chairman Derry Sheehan spoke of the importance of the concept, highlighting how people can be smarter about how they cook and this will in turn lead to less waste ultimately.

It will be cheaper at the till and, of course, cheaper for bin collections. "We must all be more conscious of dealing with our waste, it's a culture that must be created. The Tidy Towns marking reflects this and the current project is hugely important," Derry stated, adding: "At its core is sustainability that will reduce landfill and help in the reduction of waste in the home and help combat illegal dumping".

Cork County Council supported the pilot project in conjunction with the Southern Regional Waste Office, funded by the Anti-Dumping initiative 2018. Smart Store Cooking adding to the occasion, as did a cooking demonstration by celebrated author Mary Louise Ward. A number of business interests were present, Country Clean on site demonstrated a means to compost and recycle correctly. Host Supervalu will offer instore advice and tips over the months ahead to reduce food wastage. Adding to the occasion was entertainment for the kids with face painting, a visit from the Animal Roadshow and a colouring competition.

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