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Bin It Your Way!

The 2012 Fingal County Council Gum Litter Awareness campaign was launched in Blanchardstown on 10th May by Mayor Gerry McGuire.

Golden Anniversary for Reuse on FreeTrade Irelandwith 50,000 Items in New Homes! is a unique community initiative, promoted by local authorities around the country and has been in operation nationally since July 2010. It allows householders to pass on and pick-up unwanted household items to other users free of charge.

With over 41,000 users nationwide, the free online service has helped to divert items weighing an estimated 1 million kg away from landfill through reuse. The service has saved its users an estimated ¤5.1 million through skip hire costs avoided and in savings to new owners who no longer needed to purchase a new item. Recently Free Trade Irelandreached 50,000 items reused, so next time you are clearing out your home, attic or shed, think Free Trade before ordering that skip!

Run by the Gum Litter Taskforce (GLT) in association with local authorities throughout Ireland, the National Gum Litter Awareness campaign aims to reduce littered gum by encouraging the public to dispose of their gum responsibly.

The GLT includes representatives of the chewing gum industry; Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government; Food and Drink Industry Ireland; local authority representatives and civic society.

Fingal County Council is one of 23 local authorities taking part in this year’s campaign. Used chewing gum is classed as litter and irresponsible disposal can incur a litter fine of ¤150.

For further information, contact the Environmental Awareness Team on 01 890 6236 or email

Adopt a Patch

If graffiti or littering is a problem in your area, your residents’ association, business or community group could ‘adopt a patch’.

Your group selects a public area to adopt, and agrees a maintenance programme with the council. This involves collecting litter, painting the area, or maintaining flower beds. The council provides reflective vests, litter pickers and paint, and we arrange for the bags of litter (no green waste) to be collected.

Two Thirds of All Fingal Schools are Green!

Schools in Fingal have taken on the An Taisce Green Schools Programme with great enthusiasm.

After the 2012 awards ceremony, where 37 flags on different themes were awarded to Fingal schools, we now have the very impressive total of 224 Green Flags flying across Fingal schools with 86 of 130 schools flying at least one flag. Congratulations to the students and staff for making Fingal a cleaner, greener county!

This scheme operates very successfully with groups adopting parts of a beach, a bottle bank, or litter blackspot. Is there an area near you that could benefit from this scheme? Can you motivate your neighbours’ or colleagues to adopt a patch?

For further information, go to or contact the Environmental Awareness Team on 01 890 6236 or email

86 schools – 1st Green Flag awarded 63 schools – 2nd Green Flag awarded 45 schools – 3rd Green Flag awarded 25 schools – 4th Green Flag awarded 5 schools – 5th Green Flag awarded

For further information on the Green Schools Programme, contact the Environmental Awareness Team on 01 890 6236 or email

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