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  • Did you know that up to €500,000 was spent last year on water quality management? You can help by making sure your septic tank is installed in accordance with best practice. (See Wastewater Treatment Systems for Single Houses [PDF, 4.13MB])
  • Did you know that you can prevent water pollution? Ensure your septic tank is emptied every 1-2 years depending on the size of your household. Always use a licensed contractor and know where your sludge is being taken to.
  • Did you know that over 5,500 litres of waste oil is collected at the council's recycling centres annually? Just four litres of waste oil poured down a drain (the amount from one car oil change) will contaminate an area twice the size of a football pitch. Oil can be recycled, it never wears out, just gets dirty!
  • Did you know that we use 70% more water in our houses than we did 30 years ago? On average 1,600 pints of water each week! Conserve water: place a ½ litre plastic bottle of water in your toilet cistern; turn off tap when brushing your teeth and fix leaking taps.


  • Did you know that cleaning up the litter problem in Clare will cost up to €520,000 this year alone? Litter is avoidable. Respect the Banner. Keep Clare litter-free.
  • Did you know that on-the-spot litter fines may be issued by Clare County Council?

Waste and recycling

  • Did you know that 1/3 of all waste can be composted successfully? Purchase a subsidised home composter from Clare County Council. What's good for your garden is good for your environment!
  • Did you know that the average child uses up to 5,000 nappies on his or her way to being potty trained! 4% of our waste consists of disposable nappies. Help the environment and save yourself some money - use eco-nappies for your baby.
  • Did you know that a third of farm plastic sold in Ireland was recycled last year? Clare farmers helped to recycle the equivalent of 150,000 balewraps in one week setting an example for other counties!
  • Did you know that over 800,000 plastic bottles are recycled in Clare annually? Remember to remove tops, wash and squash before recycling them in the yellow banks.
  • Did you know that in Clare over 4.1 million glass bottles are recycled annually? Placing these bottles end to end they would reach around Clare's coast 12 times? It's easy to make a difference.
  • Did you know that in just five months, 20 tonnes of textiles have been recycled in the textile banks around the county? You can help by taking old saleable clothing to your local charity shop.
  • Did you know in Ireland each year that 1 ton of waste is generated per household? Choose products made from recycled materials.


  • Did you know that every 6 pack of cans recycled saves enough electricity to run a TV for 18 hours! Save energy and recycle. It's easy to make a difference.
  • Did you know that recycling one tonne of glass saves 135 litres of oil and 1.2 tonnes of raw materials? One tonne of glass makes 2000 bottles and each one of us uses about 100 bottles and jars every year. Go on - recycle. It's easy to make a difference.
  • Did you know that a well-insulated house will cost you up to €320 less to heat per year? By increasing the thickness of the insulation in your attic to 200mm, you can save on your heating bills and help the environment by conserving energy.
  • Did you know that an ordinary 100 watt light bulb uses 75 times more electricity than an energy saving bulb? Install energy saving CFL lightbulbs as your old ones blow - one CFL lightbulb uses the same energy as 5 ordinary lightbulbs and last eight times as long. It's easy to make a difference.
  • Did you know that installing a hot water cylinder lagging jacket costs only about €10? But you could save you up to three times this amount in just one year!
  • Did you know that energy saving bulbs save half a tonne of carbon dioxide going into the atmosphere? 95% of the electricity in an ordinary bulb is given off as heat instead of light. Buy an energy saving light bulb.
  • Did you know that batteries require 50 times more energy to manufacture than they ever produce in output? Rechargeable batteries may be reused over a thousand times before they wear out.

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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 19/02/10