Skibbereen Taking on Food Waste

Skibbereen Taking on Food Waste is an initiative that aims to support local actions on addressing the important climate issue that is food waste. This initiative involves working with local groups, businesses and events to help the people of Skibbereen do their bit to lower food waste.The project kicked off in April and since then local groups have been helping get the word out there.

In a recent waste survey it was found that over 30% of what is in the general waste bins is food waste. Based on this, combined with what is collected in the brown bins, it is estimated that each household in area is generating 12kgs of food waste each week. While this doesn’t seem like a lot when you add it up for the year it means that Skibbereen households are producing almost 80 tonnes of food waste!

That is why the local individuals and organisations are working to get more people involved and help everyone reduce food waste (and save money at the same time).

The plan:

In January 2022 a group of Stakeholder came together to discuss the vision they wanted from Skibbereen Taking on Food Waste. Together with the help of Hazel Hurley ( this image was created to use as a guide for the project.

This image summarised peoples concerned and ideas they would like to use going forward.

What has been done to date:

The kick off event for Skibbereen Taking on Food Waste was conducted on Saturday the 26th of March and involved a stall being present at the local Skibbereen farmers market from 10am-1:30pm and outside the local Lidl from 2pm-5pm.