Day of action against single-use plastic packaging in supermarkets

Cobh Zero Waste will be supporting the day of action by Friends of the Earth and VOICE against single-use packaging on 21 April. Click here for more details on the campaign.

We are meeting outside Aldi at 12 noon on Saturday 21 April, followed by Lidl (1215-1230) and Supervalu (1230-1), to do a “shop and drop” leaving any unwanted plastic packaging at the supermarkets.

So bring some bags and alternative containers for your shopping and then take off and leave your unwanted plastic packaging in the trolleys marked with the “Sick of Plastic” poster at the back of the shop and/or outside the shop.

We hope this will encourage supermarkets to stop using single-use plastic packaging, which is polluting our oceans and our food.




Why zero waste is the way forward and incineration a thing of the past

Ireland’s new recycling list

Check out the new list at

This is a useful guide, but disappointing to read the advice to put aluminium foil and trays in the general waste bin as they can often be easily cleaned and recycled – the Recycle Now website in England has a video on how to recycle aluminium at

Also its not always clear what food plastic packaging is recyclable and what isn’t, as the advice on the packaging is often to check with your local recycling provider.

The best option, of course, is to try to avoid packaging wherever possible by buying loose food and lobbying our shops to phase out unrecyclable packaging.



What is involved for pilot project participants?

Pilot project participants will record their bin weights starting out and continue while trying to cut waste, recording how your own waste changes over the coming months.

How do I get my bin weights?

The easiest way to do this is to contact your waste management company and request your monthly bin weights for each of your bins – normal, recycled and food waste, backdated to January 2017 onwards.

Where do I record these weights?

You will input these weights into this website, on a monthly basis and we will keep this information strictly confidential.

What will this information be used for?

This information will be used to overall reports for Cobh as a whole to prove how effective our community waste reduction programme can be.

By recording what can be done by volunteer households, we will be able to use this information to encourage more people to help make Cobh one of Ireland’s first zero waste towns. By doing so, we will be playing our part in the move to sustainable living and a green, dynamic, prosperous economy, whilst helping to reduce global warming.

How long will the plan run for?

With your help, we plan to conclude our pilot stage and launch Stage II of our project this September at a public launch event. We look forward to hearing from you!


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