Tidy Towns

Inspex Sponsors Local Tidy Towns

Ireland’s Tidy Towns project is more than 50 years old, having first been established in 1958 under the auspices of Bord Fáilte (now Fáilte Ireland). Now in its 61st year and supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development, the project is self-proclaimed as “Ireland’s most well-known and popular local environmental initiative”.

Tidy Towns now has over 900 local committees across the country and in excess of 700 entrants per year. Suffice to say the Tidy Towns initiative has seen great growth and development from the 52 entrants in its inaugural year.

Newtownmountkennedy & District Tidy Towns Association has been in existence for 20 years and with its committee members and volunteers taking on tasks in the local community including voluntary clean-ups, planting, committee administration and engagement with community groups such as Newtown 2050 and local primary schools, it is with great pride that Inspex chose to sponsor it in its efforts this year.

The work of the Newtownmountkennedy Association does not operate in isolation. Each year the association creates a local Tidy Towns Calendar and organises family events for the wider community, such as the Easter Egg Hunt. Fostering a sense of community spirit is at their core and as part of this community engagement they provide flower baskets for local businesses located on the town’s Main Street, as well as creating a float for the town’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Inspex is proud to sponsor the Newtownmountkennedy & District Tidy Towns Association and wishes all the committee’s team and volunteers the very best of luck in this year’s competition.

Green Initiatives

Green Light for Green Initiatives

The recycling strategy for plastic packaging published in September 2018 by Repak asserted that Ireland needed to increase its plastic recycling by 80% to reach EU targets set for 2030.

Inspex is committed to playing its part as a small, local business to support and promote best practice in waste management and recycling, in how it facilitates its employees and the business overall to effectively reduce and recycle as much of its waste as possible.

Inspex has eliminated its usage of single-use plastics, such as plastic water cups, and is increasing its in-office recycling facilities for staff, ensuring ease of recycling for all with three new segregated waste depositories now located in the office.

Fostering a shared mindset amongst employees and setting common goals throughout its local commercial community is key to achieving the company’s targets for environmental sustainability and responsibility.

Being a pioneer and petitioning for the introduction of brown bin (composting) amenities, adding to the existing provision of general waste and green bin (recycling) services already provided at the company’s offices in South County Dublin, was a vital step.

Alongside facilitating its own operational recycling and, more recently, composting goals, it also aims to spread the message with neighbouring, local businesses that these recycling and composting facilities are now available and ready to be used. Inspex aims to realise its goal to minimise the quantum of general waste it generates and to encourage its business neighbours to be cognisant of this and, ultimately, to do the same.

Understanding the impact that running a business can have on the natural environment is critical to adjusting and aligning the core business strategy to broader national goals regarding recycling, as well as conscious waste reduction and responsible management.

Ireland’s overall rate of plastic recycling was 36 per cent in September 2018 which is already ahead of the EU target of 22.5 per cent. However, one in every five tonnes of plastics still ends up in Irish landfills and 25 per cent of all content in green bins is not actually recyclable which could hinder Ireland’s recycling progress and successes going forward if this is not corrected, according to the CEO of Repak.

Making small changes at a local level will help in achieving Ireland’s national targets only if more businesses and individuals join in making a change for the good.