Environmental Awareness

Waste Prevention Grant Scheme

The purpose of the Scheme

This grant is funded by the Community, Culture & Placemaking Directorate of Cork City Council as part of its Waste Prevention Programme and its commitments under the Southern Region Waste Management Plan 2015-2021 (Ref: Action Policies B.1.2 and B.2.).

This scheme aims to support Cork city groups to implement waste prevention, re-use and repair activities in their local community and to encourage partnership between local businesses, schools, charities, community and voluntary groups.

What is Waste Prevention?

Essentially waste prevention a process of re-thinking how we do things in order not to create waste. Preventing waste is about finding ways to keep items in use longer and not generating as much waste in the first place. It’s about:

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  • rethinking the way we do things;
  • redesigning the items we use;
  • repairing and reusing items;
  • building knowledge and skills in the community to facilitate repair and reuse;
  • changing attitudes and behaviour about what we buy and what we throw away;

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but most of all:

  • working together and thinking creatively to do something about it.

Waste Prevention Grants 2021

The following organisations received funding from the 2021 Waste Prevention Grant Scheme:

Bishopstown Community School

Churchfield Community Trust (Green Spine Initiative)

Churchfield Community Trust (Sli na Sláinte)

Cope Foundation

Cork Community Art Link

Cork Community Bikes

Cork Volunteer Centre CLG

Douglas Tidy Towns

Future Orchard

Glanmire Community School

Greenmount National School

Mayfield Integrated Community Development Project

Newbury House Family Centre CLG


North Monastery Secondary School

St Brendan’s Day Centre

St Paul’s School

St Stephens Sustainable Food Lab

Sunday's Well GNS

Upper Glanmire Community Association

Voice Ireland

Tidy Towns Competition

The national SuperValu Tidy Towns competition is an annual contest organised by the Department of Rural and Community Development. 

The competition involves participating areas being rated on all aspects of their local environment and prizes awarded to the best under many different categories. The overall winner is “Ireland’s Tidiest Town”, which is announced at a national ceremony in September each year.

With progress monitored and detailed feedback provided year on year, most participants initially enter the competition to generate interest in the environment in their community and create a solid platform on which to raise issues with the relevant authorities. Over time, the areas attain a standard where competing for major prizes is within reach.

Entry is now closed for the 2021 competition.

For more information, see www.tidytowns.ie