Reminder: Tidy Towns conference Saturday 8th April in Castleblayney

**Note Venue change from initial notification of this event**

Monaghan County Council’s Environment Section is organising a conference for Tidy Towns groups on the SWRM category in the National Tidy Towns competition.

The Environment Section in Monaghan Co Co has been at the forefront of waste prevention nationally for the last 10 years, and will be sharing this expertise with groups locally, regionally and nationally.

There are easy marks to be picked up in this category in the National Tidy Towns competition.  Attending the conference in itself would be an action in itself which you could mention in your entry!

So please support.  Click here to register.

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Network Meeting & Sustainable Waste Workshop 3rd March

The Spring meeting of the Network will take place on Tuesday 3rd March at 7.30pm in the YWCA building on the North Road, Monaghan town.

The earlier time is to facilitate the guest speaker, Debbie Nesbitt, a National Tidy Towns Adjudicator who has special expertise in the new Sustainable Waste Management category. Debbie will go through what the judges are looking for, and will then go through actual entry forms and make suggestions as to how the data on the form could be improved, as well as suggesting some actions groups could undertake to bring up their score in this category.

If you wish Debbie to look at your group’s entry form, please email the Sustainable Waste section to Carol Lambe by Friday 20th February, so that Debbie can take a look at it before the meeting.

Carol’s email address is

Public meeting – regional waste management plan – Dec 18th in Blayney

Launch of Draft Connacht – Ulster Regional Waste Management Plan 2015-2021 – The next challenge

Managing Waste in Ireland is now divided into three regions: Connacht Ulster, Southern, Eastern and Midlands. The preparation of new regional waste management plans for the regions has been underway since late 2013 following an evaluation of the previous plans which covered ten regions nationally.

The Connacht Ulster Waste Region consists of the administrative areas of the Galway City and counties Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan. The region represents 18% of the national population and has 36% of the land area.

The regional plan provides the framework for waste management for the next six years and sets out a range of policies and actions in order to meet the specified mandatory and performance targets.

The plan seeks to assist and support the community and local business to develop resource efficiency and waste prevention initiatives. A key plan target is to achieve a 1% reduction per annum in the quantity of household waste generated per capita over the period of the plan. In tandem the plan identifies measures to develop a circular economy where waste management initiatives stop being confined to treating and disposing of waste, instead supporting initiatives that value waste as a resource or potential raw material.

A national launch of the three regional waste management plans took place in Galway City Council offices on the 18th of November. The launch of the draft plans coincides with the commencement of the period of public consultation which will continue until the 30th January 2015.

Monaghan County Council wants to hear your views on the draft plan and about what more needs to be done. More information and the full plan are available on Also a public meeting and a presentation of the draft plan will be taking place in the Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney on the 18th of December at 7.00pm.