Environment Awareness & Education

The tide is turning in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown!

Friday, May 17, 2019
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
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A healthy environment is essential to our social, economic and environmental wellbeing. Illegally dumped litter and waste has the potential to impact negatively on our communities, our health, our environment and the potential of future generations. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council organised an environmental awareness project to highlight the issue and illustrate that a considerable amount of waste can be avoided.


Materials used in the art and fashion exhibits on display were collected at the coast by local residents and volunteers. The Clean Coasts programme from An Taisce supports volunteers who wish to help protect and care for Ireland’s waterways, coastline, seas, ocean and marine life. The students from the Institute of Art, Design &Technology (IADT) and Sallynoggin CFE, used their creative genius to turn what was considered ‘rubbish’ into emotive and powerful up-cycled exhibits.



Speaking at the launch of the exhibition, An Cathaoirleach Councillor Ossian Smyth of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, mentioned how making one small change can make a big difference. ‘It is necessary to rethink the waste challenge and view unwanted items as a potential resource. When buying a new item, think about what will happen to it after use. Items that can be repurposed, repaired and reimagined can reduce waste’. 


Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown’s ‘The Tide is Turning, Waste Prevention Exhibition’ will be publically displayed in The Studio, dlr LexIcon from Thursday 16th to Thursday 23rd of May 2019.


For more information on waste prevention, contact Environmental Awareness, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council by email info@dlrcoco.ie or phone 01-2054700.