Sustainable Waste and Resource Management

Sustainable Waste and Resource Management


Tidy Towns Result 2012: 4/20


Tidy Towns Result 2013: 5/20


TidyTowns 2013 comments: Well done to all involved in the 6 schools that are in the Green Flag Programme. They will prove to be potential partners to your mutual benefit in this and other categories. Clondalkin TidyTowns is commended for taking part in An Taisce’s Green Homes initiative. Another useful web site to promote to your community is which is currently advertising on radio. Rain water harvesting and composting are important but there are higher priorities. The entry form has an illustration of the hierarchy of priorities in the form of a waste pyramid. In the entry form each category sets out criteria for that category. The first one in this category is “Promotion of best practice in waste and resource management”. You are already doing that in
relation to Green Homes. You will find advice and tips on pages 44/45 in the TidyTowns Handbook.




Summary of projects undertaken for this year 2012 / 2013


• School Green Flags

Colaiste Bride - 5 Green Flags - The school has recently developed an organic and herb garden to introduce a variety of birds and animals with birdfeeders, birdhouses and edible plants. They also made a bug motel for insects and their teacher Ms Harrington is currently doing a Bee keeping course.


St. Josephs National Boys School – 2 Green Flags - The school is currently working towards their third Green Flag. The pupils play a very active role in looking after the school – planting flowers and shrubs, working in the school garden and their very own litter team makes sure the school is always clean and tidy.


Scoil Ide – 2 Green Flags – To date, Scoil Ide have received 2 Green Flags under Litter and Waste and Energy categories. They will be starting work on their third flag very soon


Gaelscoil na Camoige – 1 Flag - To date, Gaelscoil na Camoige has 1 Green Flag and the school is working on achieving its second flag in the coming year.


Gaelscoil Cluain Dolcain – 3 Flags - The school has been awarded three Green Flags in the last number of years and they are aiming to receive a fourth one during this school year. Múinteoir Tomás organizes the Green School Committee and the students work really hard in achieving those Green Flags.


Scoil Mhuire – 5 Green Flags – The school, which has been participating in the Green Flag Initiative for the past 10 years, won their 5th flag for bio-diversity in the last year. This makes Scoil Mhuire the first school in West Dublin to be awarded 5 flags.


• Green Homes Initiative – We are actively taking part in An Taisce's Green Home initiative where we ask residents of Clondalkin to register under our name and take part in a short survey on their recycling habits in the home. So far we have has a slow take up but over the next 12 months we will seek increased activity through promotion online, in newspapers and at school and public talks/meetings.


• Rain water harvesting – We are currently investigating the possibility of installing community rain harvesting systems in secure locations around the village in order to help the group water planted areas.


• Composting Master Classes – We will be taking part in a composting master class organised by SDCC during the summer and we will then identify secure locations to install composters to allow us compost all green material we collect such as grass and hedge clippings.


• Clondalkin Fair Trade Town – We are currently supporting the attempts to make Clondalkin a recognised Fair Trade town. This involves the promotion of the current application and we will also include Fair Trade shops on our website and online (facebook)