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Grand Opening - Home Composting Demonstration Site
Saturday June 23rd, 3-5pm
The EPA’s Stop Food Waste Programme, in collaboration with South Dublin County Council and the Office of Public Works is pleased to announce the grand opening of a home composting demonstration site at the Pearse Museum within St. Enda’s Park in Rathfarnham on Saturday June 23rd at 3pm.
South Dublin County Council Mayor Paul Gogarty officially opened the site at the west end of the walled garden. After the ribbon cutting ceremony, Mayor Gogarty award certificates of completion to the 25 Dublin area Master Composters who have just completed a six week training course on how to prevent food waste and compost at home.
Volunteers will now work within their communities to spread the word about stopping food waste so people can save money while helping the planet. They also learn how to compost at home and within community organisations such as their neighbourhood association, Tidy Town group or community garden. The home composting demonstration site contains a variety of home composting systems including cages for making leaf mould, a plastic composter, wooden composting bins and a wormery.
Mayor Gogarty says “With almost half of all food being grown worldwide wasted, it is important that Ireland does its bit to reduce waste from the production, processing, distribution and consumption of food. This not only saves money but also helps save our environment. Just knowing that one out of every 3 to 4 bags of groceries we buy ends up in the bin is appalling. This costs the average Irish household about 700 Euros a year. And to think about how much food grocery shops and restaurants are throwing away, it’s even more money down the drain. The good news is that initiatives like the Stop Food Waste programme are helping us change our bad habits so we can cut down on the resources needed to grow food, use “wasted” edible food to feed hungry people, and reduce our carbon footprint as a country.”
Master Composters were on hand on the day to show people around the new home composting demonstration site and answer questions about food waste and composting.
South Dublin County is one of four local authority areas in the Dublin region.
South Dublin County Council provides and funds a broad range of services including housing, roads, walking and cycling routes, parks and playgrounds, libraries, sports facilities, litter control, arts centres, enterprise units, fire services, community infrastructure and financial supports. It also serves as a platform for local democracy with 40 councillors spread across six electoral areas.
Bounded by the River Liffey to the North and the Dublin Mountains to the South, the County lies 16 kilometres south west of Dublin city centre and has an administrative footprint of 223sq. kilometres. The County has nine main villages Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Rathfarnham, Tallaght, Templeogue, Saggart, Rathcoole and Newcastle and is bounded by adjoining counties of Wicklow, Kildare, Dublin City, Fingal and Dun Laoghaire.