As part of the national campaign throughout October, people were encouraged to reuse more in every aspect of daily life. There were initiatives for everyone this year, from how to encourage reuse, and cut out disposable plastics at sports club or school, to upcycling everything from fashion to furniture.
Schools learned about the benefits of refilling a reusable bottle with water versus using a single use water bottle and disposing of it. The online workshop was held by Waterford City and County Council and then the students of St. Augustine’s College, Dungarvan took action in their community by encouraging local businesses to offer water refills and register to appear on Refill.ie’s Tap Map, a site which shows all the locations in Ireland where a free water refill is available.
Speaking at St. Augustine’s College in Dungarvan, Deputy Mayor Cllr Seanie Power said, “This is a great campaign for communities up and down the county to get involved in and to take action against plastics, thus preventing waste and acting against climate change. This competition has united communities in a common goal to responsibly refill a reusable bottle and continue to contribute to the positive results the campaign has seen to date.”
Ella Ryan, Environmental Awareness Officer with Waterford City & County Council added, “Schools across the county have done tremendous work for this competition.”
“This campaign has highlighted the benefits of refilling and reusing, not just within the school but across the wider community. We were delighted to receive LAPN funding from the EPA to run this competition. I would encourage everyone to look at the Tap Map on Refill.ie to check where their local refill points are located.”
Congratulations to the St. Augustine’s Transition Year students and TY Coordinator Margo McGann for driving the project in the school.