Initiatives planned for 2018 include:
Recycling Stations with receptacles for Dry Recyclables, Food Waste, Aluminium Cans and Residual Waste will be located at all Fleadh venues, campsites and town centre locations, approximately 60 locations in all. The target is to maximise recyclable and compostable waste and to minimise residual waste at each Fleadh location and to make it as clear and easy for the public to do so.
The Green Team will be recruited from Tidy Towns volunteers, local sports Clubs and the general Drogheda Community. Hundreds of volunteers will be required throughout the week. Volunteers will be allocated to each Recycling Station to encourage and educate the public to ‘do the right thing’ and also to keep the area around each Recycling Station clean. To energise the Green Team and keep them enthusiastic it is planned to ask groups to ‘Adopt a Recycling Station’ for the duration of the Fleadh and have a prize at the end of the Fleadh for the ‘Best Kept’ Recycling Station, and the Recycling Station that Recycled and Composted the most waste!
There will be a ban on glass at all outdoor locations including the streets in the town centre, for the duration of the Fleadh. In order to help achieve this objective a reusable Green Fleadh branded plastic glass will be available for use outdoors. These glasses will be for sale on the street, at the campsites, at the Fleadh Shop and at the Casual Trading venues. The glasses will be of good quality to encourage reuse – dishwasher proof! This was a very popular initiative in previous years at the Fleadh and we are encouraging the pubs to purchase these branded reusable plastic glasses to minimise the non-recyclable plastic beakers going to landfill.
It is intended to build on the ‘Green Fleadh Aware’ Campaign for the Hospitality sector – hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars, which was adopted during previous Fleadheanna Cheoil.
All hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars will be encouraged to be environmentally sustainable for the Fleadh and beyond. The hospitality sector will be individually asked to sign up to a Green Fleadh Aware programme which will include tips on energy, water and waste minimisation, waste segregation and recycling with an emphasis on the use of compostable products, and on doing so will be given a ‘Green Fleadh’ logo sticker to put up on their window.
Shuttle Busses will be available to and from all Fleadh Venues, campsites and town centre locations through the week of the Fleadh. Bicycle Hire will also be readily available and alongwith walking, will be the easiest mode of transport to use.