Tuesday, 12 April 2005
Dáil Eireann Debate
1095. Mr. Connolly asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his initiatives to establish a recycling lottery with a view to encouraging households to become more environmentally conscious; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10663/05]
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. Roche): The Race Against Waste campaign funded by my Department is an extended environmental awareness campaign to promote better waste management at home and in the workplace. The campaign, which was launched in November 2003, comprises a waste awareness media campaign and a communications strategy. The media campaign encourages people to prevent, reduce, reuse and recycle or compost their waste while the communications strategy informs the public about waste issues generally and of the need for an integrated approach to waste management.
The campaign has included a number of competitions, including one on national radio to promote good waste management practices among householders. Christmas tree decorations competitions for children, run in conjunction with local authorities, have also been a feature of the campaign. In addition, the national tidy towns competition for 2004 included a waste module and it is planned to repeat this in the current year’s competition. The scope for holding further competitions that could further the aims of the campaign will continue to be kept under review as part of the day to day management of the campaign.
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