Clare Garden Festival goes green

The Clare Garden Festival in Ennis went green in 2013.

The Festival, which attracted more than 1500 visitors this year was a great success.  There was a very well attended environment stand with lots of enquiries on composting and food waste.

Two of the master composters along with Donal O’Leary did sterling work on the day, giving all sorts of advice and assistance about home composting.

Clare County Council set about greening the festival with a series of specifically designed and well signposted segregated bins, courtesy of Pauline in the Limerick Clare Kerry Regional Waste Management Office.  While there was still some contamination, there were lots of positive comments about the bins.

The cafe used compostable plates, cutlery etc from Down to Earth and displayed information on each table promoting compostables. There was a huge level of demand on the day raising great awareness.

Compared with other shows at this venue, there was only a fraction of waste generated: only 25 bags in total (15 waste, 2 organic and 8 recyclables).  Incredible for 1500 people.

Most of the stallholders were on board too and used reusable crates and there were 6 food stalls present.

Well done Clare Garden Festival!

For more information on greening this event contact:

Joan Tarmey, Clare County Council

Email: jtarmey@clarecoco.ie

Tel: 065 6846205

Some more pics here. Click to enlarge:

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