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Galway leads way on recycling

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Galway has embraced electronic and electrical waste recycling and leads the way in Ireland

Galway is embracing the world of recycling – by almost doubling the targets set by the EU for electrical and battery waste.

In all, over 1,850 tonnes of electrical waste was collected throughout the county for recycling – adding to Ireland’s growing reputation as a recycling champion.

An average of more than eight electrical items were collected for recycling from every household in the city and county in 2015 – that’s a 17 per cent increase on the previous year.

That 1,850 tonnes works out at an average of 7kg of electrical waste being recycled per person in Galway in 2015, almost double the original EU target of 4kg per head, according to the latest figures from WEEE Ireland released this week.

And approximately 75% of Galway householders are now actively recycling their electrical and battery waste.

Irish consumers are now recycling 15% more than they did four years ago – putting the country on top of the EU table.

Over 250 tonnes of electrical waste came from WEEE Ireland collections days that were held thoughout the county.

WEEE Ireland collected approximately thirteen million household appliances for recycling in 2015 alone.

Irish retailers account for over half of the waste collected showing a significant increase documented in the twelve-month period from 2014 to 2015.  This means that Ireland has the highest percentage take-back through retailers in the EU.

WEEE Ireland’s report also shows that an equivalent to 28 million AA batteries and three million lamps were collected for recycling during 2015.

“These results are hugely encouraging and show that Irish householders and retailers alike are well ahead of other European countries when it comes to recycling. Ireland can proudly say that more than any other EU country we have taken a lead in this area,” said WEEE Ireland CEO Leo Donovan.

WEEE Ireland also noted a number of recycling challenges. These included the fact that only 25% of small electrical and electronic waste items are being recycled.

Toys, tools, small appliances, energy saving light bulbs and portable batteries are being either hoarded or sent to the landfill, and this is where householders can make a real difference keeping recyclables out of refuse.

For more information on WEEE Ireland then log on to www.weeeireland.ie

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Pandemic sees surge in digital

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David Curtin...digital upsurge.

The pandemic – and the need to switch business to the net – saw a massive 37% rise in new .ie domains registered in Galway over the last twelve months.

In total, 2,927 local businesses, services, and community groups mobilised online in response to pandemic, according to the latest .IE Domain Profile Report.

And that reflected the national picture which saw 65,113 new .ie domains registered in total in 2020 – the highest ever figure – with registrations peaking in May, six weeks after Government ordered non-essential retail to close.

There were 5,705 new .ie domain registrations in Connacht alone in 2020, a 38% increase on 2019. Indeed every county on the island recorded an increase in registrations. .IE is the national registry for .ie domain names.

David Curtin, Chief Executive of .IE, Ireland’s national registry for .ie domains said there had been a ‘mass mobilisation of digital in every part of the economy and society’ in response to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It suggests that businesses and public services, regardless of county or whether they are in a city or a small town, were able to quickly and easily set up an online presence and meet local demand in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is evident in Galway and across the entire province of Connacht,” he said.

“Businesses migrated online, many for the first time, in direct response to the lockdowns,” he said. “They realised that having an online presence, and in many cases e-commerce capabilities, would at the very least minimise the damage of reduced or non-existent footfall.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Western Development Commission invests €2m in Galway based Atlantic Therapeutics

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Manager at WDC at the recent announced of the WDC’s €2m investment.

The Western Development Commission has recently invested €2million in Atlantic Therapeutics, the Galway-based company pioneering a non-invasive, wearable treatment for urinary incontinence – a condition that impacts on one in three women worldwide.

It’s the largest single investment the WDC Investment Fund has made to date and is complemented by returning investors Seroba Life Sciences, Earlybird, LSP, Andera Partners and Atlantic Bridge, who continue their ongoing support for Atlantic Therapeutics with a substantial undisclosed investment.

The financing will support the expansion of the company’s commercialization activities in the core US and UK markets for its INNOVO technology to treat urinary incontinence. Also known as bladder weakness, urinary incontinence is a stigmatised condition that impacts one in three women worldwide, having a profoundly negative impact on quality and enjoyment of life.

Atlantic Therapeutics has established the INNOVO brand as the leading innovation in non-invasive, wearable neuromuscular electrical stimulation. The device acts to strengthen the pelvic floor and thereby treat the underlying cause of bladder weakness.

The technology has offered hope to millions of women worldwide whose only option to deal with bladder leaks has to been to use feminine hygiene pads.

The Western Development Commission’s €75m Investment Fund is an Evergreen investment fund, providing seed and venture capital and loan finance to SMEs, micro-enterprises, social enterprises and community projects across the Western Region.

To date, it has invested in more than 200 enterprises supporting over 5,000 jobs and leveraging over a quarter of a billion investment for western enterprises.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Food for thought at hotel careers fair!

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Jacinta Dalton and Diarmuid Ó Conghaile, Galway International Hotel School Heads of Department, at last year’s onsite Careers Fair.

Over 45 tourism and hospitality employers outlined a range of options across the sector at home and abroad for the legion of interested students who attended the Virtual GMIT International Hotel School Careers Fair last week.

Those options included work placements, summer jobs – as well as further graduate employment opportunities to GMIT students and alumni.

Among the students involved was Ciara Heneghan, who is in her 4th year of the BA in International Hotel Management.

“This year more than ever the Galway International Hotel School’s Careers Fair provided a great opportunity to all current students and alumni to meet and engage with many employers – albeit virtually,” she said.

“Personally, I have benefitted greatly from this careers fair in the past and secured wonderful work placement opportunities. We have grown accustomed to engaging online over the last year and this year’s virtual Career’s Fair presented all options once again.”

Diarmuid Ó Conghaile, Head of Department for Tourism & Heritage, said that the annual Careers Fair had gone from strength to strength.

“Its success is driven by our Links Office, who coordinate with our industry partners at home and aboard to offer both accredited placement and graduate opportunities to our students,” he said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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