World Predator Boat Angling Championships and Food Festival, Lanesborough and Ballyleague
The World Predator Boat Angling Championships and Food Festival on the river Shannon took measures to green their event in 2016. The festival featured the week-long world predator boat angling championships at Ballyleague Marina and Lough Ree, as well as an associated one-day food festival during the week at Ballyleague. Lanesborough is on the Longford side and Ballyleague on the Roscommon side of the river.
The festival organisers took steps to reduce waste going to landfill, increase recycling and composting, and reduce food waste. Compostable containers were used for food samples from the 45 local food producers. Reusable drinks bottles were also promoted. The greening of the festival was carried out by the Ballyleague Village Renewal & TidyTowns Committee, with assistance from Longford County Council. Volunteers from the local secondary school and the TidyTowns group were heavily involved. The event was attended by an estimated 6000 people. Data showed that 66% of all waste generated was recycled or composted. A certain amount of food was also donated for reuse elsewhere, preventing the loss of such food as waste.
The initiative was one of two highly commended winners in the 2017 EPA’s Special Award for Waste Prevention, run as part of the Tidy Towns competition.