Composting, Worm Feeding and Family Fun at the Botanic Gardens

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On Saturday 2nd July at 1.30 p.m. newly elected Lord Mayor Andrew Montague will officially open a new home composting demonstration site and present certificates to forty participants who have graduated in a Master Composter course in the Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin.

Stop Food Waste, an initiative of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), organised the six-week Master Composter course to raise awareness among the general public on the importance of composting. Participants will bring the skills they have learned into the wider community.

The Lord Mayor says “I want to congratulate everyone who completed this course. As someone who composts I am very aware of the benefits and ease with which organic waste can be turned into useful material. I am sure the course participants will be spreading the word that composting not only reduces the amount of waste that needs to be disposed of, but also produces an environmentally friendly product that has many uses. Hopefully lots more people will become ‘master composters’ as a result of visiting this site and learning all about what’s involved.”

“Even with the best will in the world, there will always be some organic waste generated in homes” said Craig Benton, a trainer for the Master Composter programme. “We will never eat onion skins or a variety of other peelings from our fruit and vegetables, but by sorting them from other wastes and combining them with garden clipping residents can make a fertile rich compost for growing beautiful flowers and abundant vegetables.”

The event promises to be a fun day for all the family as well as an education on how to reduce food waste and how to compost food waste.

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Notes to the Editor:

The Stop Food Waste initiative aims to raise awareness among the general public of the volume of organic waste ending up in Irish landfill sites.  Research has shown that 37% of waste leaving Irish homes is organic waste, of this 30% is actually food and the remaining 7% is garden clippings. This means Irish homes are buying food and throwing a third of it in the bin. There is a possible saving of up to  €1,000 annually by following the Stop Food Waste tips see www.stopfoodwaste.ie  for more information. The site includes savvy shopping techniques, canny cooking recipes and recipes from TV Chef presenter Donal Skehan.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday 2nd July, the Master Composter volunteers will be on hand to help visitors with their composting queries or to offer advice on how to improve composting technique.

At 3 p.m. younger visitors might enjoy the Master Composter worm feeding. All the family are welcome to come and explore the Botanic Gardens and learn how families can reap the benefits of home composting and food waste prevention. Admission is free.

The Stop Food Waste Initiative is an initiative of the EPA under the National Food Waste Prevention Programme.

The home composting demonstration site in the Botanic Gardens has been supported by Fingal County Council and Dublin City Council.

Home Composting demonstration sites have already been opened and Master Composters available in Frenchpark in Co. Roscommon, Mallow Allotments, Co. Cork, Tralee Town Park, Co. Kerry, Sonairte, Co. Meath and Airfield in Dundrum, Dublin 14.

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For event information contact Sandra Smith, Dublin City Council Environmental Awareness Officer T (01) 222 4562

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