RecyclingFrom Monday, March 30 there will be revised opening times for Fingal’s recycling centres. The Fingal County Council Recycling Centres at Coolmine in Dublin 15, Estuary in Swords, and Balbriggan will no longer open on Mondays and Tuesdays. The centres will open Wednesday to Saturday from 9.00am to 4.00pm.

For further information contact Alain Kerveillant, Assistant Scientist, Fingal County Council.
Tel: 01 8906271

The mass-produced electric car maybe a thing of the future, but the power struggle surrounding the vehicles of tomorrow is in full swing today. The ITN’s Lindsey Hilsum reports on the production of Lithium in Bolivia, proving that regardless how green the fuel, there’s always a raw material to be mined, and always a power struggle to be fought.

2009’s Greenest Buildings

TSynergy at Dockside Greenhe American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment announced 2009’s Top 10 environmentally responsible architecture and design for buildings earlier this week. The list offers plenty of inspiration for anyone interested in greener buildings. Read it in full here.

wateringUrban farmer, Fionnula Fallon talks about planting soft fruits such as strawberries in the Pheonix Park. This slideshow from the Irish Times includes hints on planting, fertilising and a range of tips to help the plants flourish. The slideshow can be seen here.

beansInterested in starting your own vegetable garden? If so, you’re in luck. There’ll be a one-day practical course in vegetable growing in Ardgillan next Saturday, April 25, from 11am to 4pm. The cost is €60

For further details available from Fingal County Council Parks Division. Tel (01) 849 2212 
or Email:

On Yer Bike

Journalist, Fiona McCann takes a look at the state of Irish Cycling in today’s Irish Times, on the back of the National Cycle Policy Framework, launched on Monday. The aim is to increase the number of people in Ireland who cycle every day from the current figure of 35,000 to 160,000 in 2020. The piece focuses mostly at cycling in the city centre, but it’s still worth a gander. You can read it here.

Spring Clean

South Strand


The South Strand in Skerries will be getting a Spring clean, this weekend. Please come down to lend a hand. We’ll be meeting at the public toilets, at 3pm, Sunday, April 26.  Bring your own gloves.

The Story of Stuff

Bronagh sent on a link to the Story of Stuff today. It’s a 20 minute animated film that examines the underbelly of modern production and consumption and calls for a more sustainable world. The trailer is above, and you can see the whole thing here.

Alex Steffen is cofounder and executive editor of Part blog and part eco-activist street team, serves as a source of information and inspiration for anyone interested in increasing sustainability and livability into the 21st century, emphasizing solutions over problems. Here is Alex’s talk to TED from April 2007.

We’re Off

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