On Thursday 11th October, Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr. Declan Doocey launched an initiative that sees Waterford City and County Council move away from the use of plastic bottles at all Council meetings.
Councillors and Council staff have instead switched to reusable environmentally friendly jugs and glasses at these meetings. The announcement comes during National Reuse Month, which encourages the reuse of everyday items for as long and as often as possible. It also asks us to consider alternative options to buying new items that we may only use once, which opens up the possibility of borrowing, re-purposing or purchasing good quality reused goods.
Launching the initiative at Civic Offices in Dungarvan, Mayor Doocey said “I welcome this initiative for Council meetings in both Waterford and Dungarvan. We are very aware that reducing dependency on disposable items such as plastic bottles is vital for our environment and would encourage other organisations and businesses across Waterford City and County to carry out similar projects to reduce their use of single use plastics. Preventing waste is a key part of managing waste in our environment and we are happy to play our part in this.”