Smart Lighting Grant from SEAI

The Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI) is now accepting applications from businesses for €3 million in government-funded smart lighting grants.

The grant will cover approximately one third of the cost of energy efficient lighting upgrades helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) save up to 90% on their lighting costs. These smart lighting upgrades will typically pay for themselves in two to three years.

The grant is open to all SMEs sectors including retail, hospitality, tourism, private education, health facilities, and manufacturing. Apply via the SEAI’s website:

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Successful Household Hazardous Waste Free Drop Off Event

A very successful Household Hazardous Waste Free Drop Off Event took place on Saturday 5th May at Dungarvan Civic Amenity Site.

A total of 6,620 kg of hazardous waste was collected on the day.

Information packs were given to all attendees which detailed alternative greener cleaning products to use around the house and gave information on how to reduce dependency on chemicals when gardening. Thanks to all householders who supported the event.

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Food Waste Prevention Schools Competition

Wexford County Council and Waterford City and County Council made a short video to explain about food waste.

Please note that the data collected on this form will be shared between Wexford County Council and Waterford City & County Council for the purpose of this competition including any publicity relating to the competition. It will not be used for any other purpose, and will be deleted within 2 months of the end of the competition.

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Behind Closed Doors

This year Waterford City and County Council in association with the Waterford Festival of Architecture are running an event called “Behind Closed Doors”.

The aim of this event is to celebrate Waterford’s City rich and varied architecture and it is a great opportunity to visit properties not normally open to the public. The event is taking place at several locations thorough the city on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 17th, 18th and 19th of May.

All tours are free and begin outside the buildings unless otherwise indicated.  Tours indicated with * need to be booked at

More details can be found on Waterford Festival of Architecture’s Facebook page

  • Thursday 17th of May
    12 pm and 2 pm Waterford Distillery* (tour)
  • Friday 18th of May
    11 am Tour of the New Fire station with Niall Curtin Chief Fire Officer * (tour)
  • Saturday 19th of May – 10.50 am 4, 5 Cathedral Square with Orla Scully archaeologist * (tour)
    11am – 12.15 Tour of O Connell Street with Fintan Duffy DHB architects starting outside the Port of Waterford building and then visiting the Old Presbytery, Old Savings Bank, La Boheme, Port Authority.
    12.30 – 12.50 pm 18 Lady Lane * (tour) to see an example of the finest surviving rococo-style decorative plasterwork in Waterford
    2.15pm – 3 .15 pm Masonic Lodge* (tour)
    3.30 pm – 4.30 pm Guided tour of the Anglo Norman walls with Des Griffin starting at St Johns Bridge


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Master Composter Training Course

Waterford Council, in conjunction with the EPA invite you to join us at Clodaigh House, Portlaw, Co.Waterford for a packed training programme to teach people how to reduce food waste and compost at home or within the community.

Training consists of four evening sessions and one Saturday hands-on workshop where participants will help build a composting demonstration site.

Gain the knowledge required to reduce food waste and save money. Learn how to compost both garden materials and wasted food using a variety of different composting systems.
The training is offered free of charge, but volunteers are expected to contribute outreach time afterward to spread the word and motivate others. This is a unique opportunity for any community group!

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Temporary Closure of Dungarvan Archives

The Archives in Dungarvan will be closed on Friday 18th May but will be open on Friday 25th 1-5. Please contact the Archivist at or 0761102144 with any queries.

Beidh an Chartlann i nDún Garbhán dúnta ar an Aoine 18 Mí Bealtaine ach beidh an Chartlann ar oscailt ar an Aoine 25 Mí Bealtaine óna 1-5 i.n.  Gabh mo leithscéal as aon mhíchaoithiúlacht. Má tá aon cheisteanna, déan teagmháil leis an gCartlannaí ar nó 0761102144.

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Waterford Council’s Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund 2018

Do you have a project or idea that could increase awareness of environmental issues in your local community or could help your community to become more sustainable?

If so, you may qualify for funding from the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund 2018. This fund promotes sustainable development by assisting small scale, non-profit environmental projects at local level.

Does your project qualify?
Projects should focus on environmental awareness and actions which complement national environmental policies such as those on waste, biodiversity, water conservation and climate change. A wide variety of projects have been supported in previous years, such as community gardens, compost schemes, rainwater harvesting, biodiversity projects, educational initiatives, etc. You can view lists of previously funded projects at

How to apply: applications must be made to the Environment Section, Waterford City and County Council no later than 5pm on 20th June 2018.

Further information and application forms are available online at or (below)  or by contacting the Environment Section of Waterford City and County Council at 0761 102020.

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