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Environmental Awareness Initiatives

Local authorities may run environmental awareness initiatives as part of their environmental protection activities.

Environmental Awareness Programmes

There are several programmes run to promote environmental awareness each year.

Upcycling goes Innovative and Creative across Tipperary

Tipperary County Council’s Environment & Climate Action Section extended a challenge to the people of Tipperary, to use their imaginations and get creative to make something new from what would otherwise have ended up as waste.

It’s clear to see from the entries received, that this challenge captured the imagination of young and old.

The competition was kindly funded by the Environmental Protection Agency. It aimed to get people thinking about reusing and recycling items to reduce waste and to inspire individuals and communities to get creative and innovative with materials, that would otherwise be discarded as waste


Forty one applications were received, which included upcycled furniture, the repair of a preloved record player and sewing machine, making various items from horse shoes, repairing old bicycles, making garden furniture from buckets and copper cylinders, using old clothes to make bags, transforming old hardbacks books into gifts or keepsakes, upcycling old socks for use as a kitchen pot scrubber, using old railway sleepers to make a fire mantel, upcycling various parts of a piano to make household items and making bags and dresses from flour sacks.

The judges said they had a tough job and were very impressed by the entrant’s ability to see potential in their old items and how entrants used their skills to make practical, useable pieces. Everyday items were used in most cases, so anybody can replicate the entries they like and support their environment and the circular economy at the same time.

The Section worked with various Men’s Shed groups in Cashel and Clogheen, who put their skill to use and used pallets and unwanted paint to make buddy benches, window boxes and flower containers for Tidy Towns Groups and local schools.

Many entrants told us how working on these projects helped to sustain them during the Covid lockdown and proved to be a useful exercise in managing mental health.

The Brett Family from Ballycahill were overall winners, with a vibrant new henhouse made from unwanted pallets. Their hens had recently hatched two new chicks and with their expanding flock of hens, a larger hen house was needed. Rather than buy a new coop, the four children opted to design and build their own using various upcycled items found around the farmyard. Materials used included timber pallets, expanding metal, tree branches and timber cut-offs. When constructed it was painted with used car engine oil and left-over paints. The hens and chicks have now re-located and are enjoying their new upcycled home”.

Encouraged by her friend to enter the competition and from her interest in art and crafts, Margaret Matuszewsha from Cashel designed a new garden bench. Two old chairs with only their frames destined for the bin, received a makeover and for her efforts she won second prize. The upcycled garden bench is now a proud feature in Margaret’s front garden”.

In third place was Pat Bracken, who was given an old Raleigh bike from a friend doing a clear-out of his shed. During Covid-19, Pat decided to bring the bike back to its former glory and now uses it to and from work and around Thurles town.

Covid-19 lockdown also inspired Jane O’Connor from Borrisoleigh, our fourth runner up, who decided to make cushions and clothes alterations and turned her spare room into a craft room. A footstool was needed and rather than buying new, Jane decided to make a footstool from an old plastic beer crate, which she covered with recycled fabric.

In 5th place was Timmy and Anne Ryan from Nenagh. Timmy who is retired, always had a flair for repairing items and Anne suggested they make a birdbox for their garden. An old tin bucket and saucepan lid was upcycled to make a colourful birdbox. This is proudly displayed in Anne’s garden.

October is national re-use month and is inviting the public and all organisations, to hold and attend community–based workshops in a variety of areas including managing food waste and upcycling everything from fashion to furniture. The aim is to bring people beyond the idea of “reduce, reuse and recycle” to a more conscious prevention of waste, in the first place. For this and more information on October Ireland’s National Reuse Month, please visit Tipperary County Council’s website or

Related Information

Derelict Sites

Derelict sites can have a detrimental impact on the social, economic, commercial and visual aspects on the surrounding neighbourhood. It is important that they are reported, investigated and rendered non-derelict.

Prevention & Control

The Derelict Sites Act requires that the owner and occupier of land ensure that the land or structures do not become or do not continue to be a derelict site.

Dog Re-Homing

The Council employs two full-time Dog Wardens who are very proactive and operate from the Dog Control Units in Knockalton, Nenagh. The Dog Wardens visit each area in the county during the year on a rota basis to check for unlicensed dogs and to ensure that dogs are kept under effective control. The Wardens also respond to any calls from the public in relation to stray or unwanted dogs. Dogs that are not reclaimed are available for rehoming at the following Animal Rescue Centres:

Animal Rescue Centres

Environmental Complaints

Environmental complaints arise from issues that pose a threat to the environment, a threat to health or an adverse impact on nature, amenity and lifestyle.

They come under a number of categories such as:

Environmental Inspection Plan- RMCEI

What is the Regulatory Authority* required to do?

Produce and submit to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) an Environmental Inspection Plan (the RMCEI Plan) prior to 01st February of each year:

EPA Smart Garage Guide

New 2022 Guide from the EPA to assist by way of providing information for enviro-friendly arrangements for garages/vehicle repair services/authorised treatment facilities and tyre operators.

Green School Programme

There are now 156 Tipperary schools participating in the Green Schools, 100 of which have Green Flags. Green Schools is about whole-school action for the environment, with the main focus in the initial phase being on litter and waste. Research has shown that active green schools have reduced waste by over a half. Schools follow a seven step programme in order to attain their Green Flag, which is in effect an environmental management system for their school.

My Waste

The My Waste website is Ireland’s official guide to managing your waste. Here you will find everything you need and want to know about managing your waste responsibly, efficiently and in the way that suits you. Browse site for your local waste services; bring banks, recycling facilities along with ways to help you prevent waste, reuse and upcycle.

Play It Again!

Have you got unused Musical Instruments at home?

Why not donate them to our Instruments Project!

Donate your instrument at one of

Repair Directory

Tipperary Environment and Climate Action Section, has compiled a Repair & Reuse Directory to list all service providers in County Tipperary that offer repair and reuse services as part of a waste prevention initiative. It is an effort to encourage people to repair or reuse items rather than throw them away.

Reuse / Repair

October is Ireland’s National Reuse Month and it aims to raise awareness about the benefits of reusing everyday items and materials that would otherwise go to waste. Reuse is about valuing our stuff, by using and reusing it for as long and as often as possible. This avoids the need to extract raw materials, manufacture and distribute new stuff, and avoids waste thereby cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions.


Tidy Schools Competition

Tipperary County Council runs a Environmental Schools competition annually which complements the overall Tiobraid Alainn competition for towns and villages which takes place throughout the county each April. The Council initiated these competitions in order to create support for measures that tackle litter prevention, control and awareness at all levels of the community and also to show that our younger generations are playing their part in keeping our county clean and green.