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).

What can you do?

  • Get involved: help us get better information on why food waste is happening in the community.  If you are from the Skibbereen area and would like to be in with a chance to win a €100 gift voucher, please click here to take part in our survey.
  • Get connected: we want to work with local groups to get the word out so if you or your organisation want to get involved please contact one of the following local groups:


FoodPath is a research project  funded under the EPA Research Programme 2014-2020. This collaborative research project is led by the Clean Technology Centre (CTC) in MTU and involves Queen’s University Belfast and the Regional Waste Management Offices. This work will inform Ireland’s response to food waste prevention and the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goal: Target 12.3.

If you would like more information or have an idea for an initiative on food waste in the Skibbereen area contact CTC on


Key details

Project Name

Skibbereen Taking on Food Waste


Environmental Protection Agency




Main features

Research study to identify existing best practice in consumer behaviour change and food waste prevention

Contact Details

Sarah O’Connor
Environmental Researcher
Sarah is an environmental scientist with qualifications physical sciences and instrumentation. Sarah has experience in industry having worked in a Waste Water Treatment Plant and in quality control analysis. Since working with CTC her focus has been on food waste prevention and community based behaviour change. She has experience in waste characterisation, resource efficiency, data analysis, environmental research and report writing.