WHILE Limerick’s GAA teams have been achieving a measure of success on the pitch in recent games, off the field of play the local GAA organisation have put an impressive recycling system in place for the last four matches in the Gaelic Grounds - reducing waste by a whopping 82 percent.
GAA officials met with environment officials as far back as February and put the plan into action in recent months, targeting waste generation across the stadium along with energy and water consumption.
As a result of a new segregated bin system in the Gaelic Grounds, fans have had the opportunity to recycle plastic bottles, aluminium cans, coffee cups and other recyclable waste, leading to an 82 percent diversion of recyclables from landfill over a 4 match period.
The project has also focused on energy use and water conservation and strides forward have been made in that area, with Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Jim Long, welcoming the fact that the GAA have ‘gone green’.
“‘As a life long sporting fan - I congratulate Limerick GAA for their exploits on the pitch and their efforts on behalf of the environment,” he said, urging supporters to take responsibility for their own waste.
Eoin Hayes, Treasurer GAA Limerick, said the organisation were “delighted to be involved in this environmental initiative”.
“We hope to continue our improvements even further as we have achieved a lot to date. Hopefully we will set an example for all other GAA grounds to follow.”