The Iverk Show in Piltown will be the first agricultural show in Ireland to attempt to “Go Green” this year. The show committee is working in partnership with the waste prevention officer of Kilkenny Local Authority to take the initial steps to improve the show’s environmental performance.
“Going Green” is a phenomenon sweeping across a host of events. In the South East alone, both the Eigse Carlow Arts Festival and the Wexford Opera Festival are turning green. Greening festivals and large events such as the Iverk Show has been supported by the Environment Protection Agency, which encourages the Local Authority Prevention Network to deliver resource efficiency and waste prevention initiatives at a local level.
Greening a one-day event comes with its challenges, but the Iverk Show committee is getting the ball rolling in 2011. A number of achievable environmental targets have been set for the show on August 27.
300 Trade Stands
Over 300 trade stands will be provided with recycling facilities, food service providers are being surveyed to determine future waste prevention initiatives and a special challenge will be set for attendees on the day – to recycle 10,000 drink containers.
The Iverk Show is the oldest agricultural show in Ireland with an average footfall of 20,000 people.
Getting such a large event to “Go Green” will largely depend on the exhibitors and attendees lending a hand and using the correct bins on the day.
Kilkenny County Council is delighted to assist the Iverk Show committee who have risen to the challenge of setting an example for other agricultural shows to follow, said environmental awareness officer Bernadette Moloney.