Dreaming of a Green Christmas
It’s that time of Year again when the carolers sing and the festivities begin. It a wonderful time of year but in the midst of the celebrations we can often forget about the environment and waste prevention. So South Dublin County Council is taking this opportunity to give you some help hints on how to have an enjoyable Christmas but still prevent waste.
The disposal of unused food reaches a peak over Christmas so here are a few tips to help you avoid wasting food and money:
- Serve food in bowls rather that dishing up on plates. This way the leftovers can be easily used
- Keep children’s portion sizes appropriate, for additional information on this look at the HSE publication “what is a serving side” on www.safefood.eu
- Go against tradition! If there is something on the Christmas menu that nobody really likes or more probable that no one has room for, why not leave it out this year.
- Pay particular attention when planning parties or dinners for guests. Try to limit the amount of quickly perishable foods served on the night to what you know will be used. Unlike other times of the year, leftovers from a party are a hard sell when a house is full of “goodies”. Have some non-perishable snacks in stock which can remain unopened until the perishable items are used.
For recipes on how to use all your unused food at Christmas visit www.stopfoodwaste.ie & down load for free their 12 Days of Christmas Recipes
Every year each household generates an estimated 124 kilograms of packaging. There is a lot of extra packaging waste over the Christmas period. So this Christmas South Dublin County Council is encouraging everyone to prevent (as much as possible), reduce and recycle their festive packaging.
Materials can be recycled at the following locations
- Bring banks South Dublin County Council has 62 banks around the County http://www.sdcc.ie/services/recycling-waste/bring-banks
- Batteries recycling www.weeeireland.ie
- WEEE recycling: Clondalkin Community Recycling Initiative www.recycleit.ie
To encourage everyone to consider the effective use of resources and take an active part in re-using and up-cycling South Dublin County Council has arranged a Christmas Decoration competition for all ages, Closing Date is 05th December 2017 – for application click link.
The Christmas Opening Hours for the Ballymount Civic Amenity Centre is as follows:
|December 24th||9.00 – 15.00|
|December 25th and 26th||Closed|
|December 27th||9.30 – 17.00|
|December 28th 29th & 30th||9.00 – 17.00|
|December 31st||9.00 – 15.00|
|January 2nd||Normal opening hours.|