Cobh Peoples’ Regatta
The Peoples’ Regatta takes place in Cobh in East Cork every summer with a variety of water-based competitions and family entertainment.
Two public zones were greened over the 3-day period of the Regatta. Compostable plates and cups were used by traders and single use condiments were avoided where possible. There was separate collection of street waste using a 3-bin system, with food waste being sent for composting and recyclables separately collected. Volunteers were recruited via Youth Reach, Scouts & Guides, and the local Volunteer Service Centre to man the bin system and the Tidy Towns group was heavily involved. There was public awareness via a puppet show for children – the story of sustainability.
Going green signage has been made available to committees for use at their events – the Cobh Tidy Towns group is seeking to have all events run in the town greened.
Key targets in the greening of the Regatta were publicans, food stall traders, the public and the town council.
Key pointers: have clear, overhead signage for separate bins; seek sponsorship and engage volunteers. Waste prevention versus just recycling must be taught & implemented at the event planning stage.
For more information on greening this event contact:
Dr Mary Stack, Cork County Council
Tel: 021 4532722