Tipperary hosts major waste industry workshop

Local public and private waste industry representatives as well as business operators interested in waste recycling and prevention are being invited to a Regional information event in County Tipperary next month.

Local public and private waste industry representatives as well as business operators interested in waste recycling and prevention are being invited to a Regional information event in County Tipperary next month.

The Envisioning Resource Efficiency event takes place in the Horse & Jockey Hotel on Thursday, November 14, and is being hosted by the Southern Region Waste Management Office through its remit as a project partner in the European-wide Regions 4 Recycling (R4R) project.

The Regional Waste Management Office, which develops and coordinates waste activities and policy throughout the Region, says the event will feature presentations from a range of waste experts, a questions and answers session, information stands and an interim update on the R4R project.

Under the three-year Interreg IVC European Regional Development funded R4R project, local authorities in Tipperary, Limerick, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny and Carlow have joined participating authorities in 12 other European regions in making performance comparisons and exchange of good practices in order to improve their respective recycling performances.

According to Philippa King, Regional Co-ordinator for the Southern Waste Region: “European municipalities are subject to common EU waste management regulations but have taken different approaches to reach the recycling targets. Differences between the recycling performances are evident, ranging from less than 10% to more than 70% from one region to another. Some of the differences can be accounted for by different data compilation practices between regions. Interim results collated by participating R4R project partners show that the Southern Region of Ireland is one of the leading regions in Europe in terms of Recycling and Low waste generation and Prevention.”

“The upcoming event will be of particular benefit to those organisations and businesses looking to improve their waste collection and recycling policies by learning from the experiences of others throughout the region and overseas. This is no charge for this event but booking is essential via the Southern Region Waste Management Office at 061 496596 or rwmo@limerickcoco.ie,” added. Ms. King.

Guest speakers at next month’s event include R4R project partners Jean-Benoit Bel of French-based Ordif speaking about “From Local Waste Data to the European Recycling Society”, and Svend Byrial Poulsen of Odense Renovation (Denmark) who will be making a presentation on the “The Odense Waste Management Experience.”

Other speakers include Dr. Shane Colgan, EPA (Ireland’s National Waste Prevention Plan), Brian Lyons, Clean Ireland Refuse & Recycling (Recycling Municipal Waste into the Future - A Waste Contractor View), Martin Tobin, ERP Ireland (Recycling Household & Business WEEE into the Future), Percy Foster, CRE - Composting Association of Ireland (Rolling out the Brown Bin in Ireland Challenges and Opportunities), Warren Phelan, RPS Consulting Engineers (The Irish Waste Market: Changes, Trends and Observations), and Pauline McDonogh and Dr. Mary Stack, Local Authority Prevention Network (Waste Prevention in Practice: Regional & Local Co-operation for a Resource Efficient Future).

Envisioning Resource Efficiency” takes place in the Horse & Jockey Hotel, Co. Tipperary on Thursday November 14th 2013 from 9.30am to 3.30pm.