Make an ‘eco pledge’ this New Year and save waste

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

THE LIMERICK based Regional Waste Management Office are calling on people to make an ‘eco-pledge’ when they draw up their New Year resolutions.

THE LIMERICK based Regional Waste Management Office are calling on people to make an ‘eco-pledge’ when they draw up their New Year resolutions.

The office - an offshot of the local authorities for Limerick, Clare and Kerry - recently launched the eco-pledge campaign to get people to show they are committed to caring for the environment by signing up to a pledge online.

“For the first time ever it is people making a public commitment that they are going to do something and it is a way of us being able to monitor how active people are in doing very simple things in terms of waste prevention,” explained Pauline McDonogh, waste prevention co-ordinator.

“It is a trigger for changing behaviour, you are more likely to do it if you have made a pledge or a commitment to keep it up rather than just saying you are going to. That is the idea,” she added.

People are being urged to make a “small behavioural change in your life that is easy to do, but can make a big difference”.

“Things like choosing tap water instead of bottled water, walking to work, very, very simple things, make a huge difference,” explained Ms McDonogh.

“We want people to make their New Year resolutions, try and encourage others to do it as well and leave a comment on the website about what they think, what is feasible. Everybody can make a small difference, a small pledge,” she added.

One of the suggestions is making a shopping list and sticking to it, an important action when it is estimated that every Irish household wastes up to €600 worth of food every year. Another suggests applying a No Junk Mail Sticker to your letter box.

Transition year students in Crescent College Comprehensive recently helped the waste office to launch the campaign, taking to the streets as ambassadors. There are currently ten ‘pledges’ for action on the website - www.managewaste.ie/ecopledge - but users are free to upload comments and suggest new actions.