Charleville Tidy Towns



‘How to Dispose of Your Waste Correctly’ is a very useful document of how to classify your waste correctly into the various colour bins to ensure best recycling practice. Download it by clicking on button below.

CBS Coffee Cup Reuse Project

Recycling Facilities

Charleville now has ten [10] recycling units at the Lidl car park location on Limerick road.There are two each for clear, blue-green and two for brown glass bottle banks, with two for aluminium drink cans and one for food tins & cans & one Vincent’s unit for clothes. Community users are encouraged to use these facilities in the correct manner as requested on signage. Please call the Binman telephone number 061 351127 if you find bins full.

N.B. Notice: These facilities are excellently maintained by CCC staff and are now monitored by CCTV cameras scanning the entire location to prevent illegal dumping of black bag domestic waste, for which there are now substantial fines in operation.

Recycling Bank at Lidl

Cardboard Recycling

Extensive recycling of large dry bales of flat cardboard boxes and packaging bin recycling is collected weekly by Greenstar, Country Clean and others from all the main Multiples and major shops in Charleville from two Centra, Lidl, Aldi, SuperValu, Dunnes, and two filling stations\restaurants  at both ends of town.

Cardboard Recycling

Community Reuse

Two recycling sales stores are operated by Vincent’s on Keating’s Lane beside Bank of Ireland or off Old Limerick road and the other by National Council for Blind Ireland {NCBI} beside the Forge Restaurant on Broad street. Both stores sell an extensive range of clothes, books and other products at very competitive prices and slow moving stock is then also sent to other stores in Ireland for sale or to national waste recycling centers.

Vincents on Keating's Lane

NCBI on Broad Street

Water Conservation

Electrical Goods

Main sellers of electrical equipment have quantified for CTT the scale of collected electrical returns at approx.650 units per month and just under  8000 units per annum. All polystyrene foam wrapping is sent regularly to a dedicated waste recycling centre in Limerick. Small quantities of used batteries are also collected at Lidl, Aldi, Fitzgeralds, O’Sheas and other shops.

Hazardous & Medical Waste

Community is encouraged to return unused or out of date medicinal products to your pharmacy for disposal and use the nearest civic municipal recycling facilities in Kilmallock for oils and paints.  

Correct Domestic Waste Bin Guide

Please use the attached downloadable guide for correct Bin recycling to ensure all your domestic waste is always classified correctly.

 ‘How to Dispose of Your Waste Correctly’ is a very useful document of how to classify your waste correctly into the various colour bins to ensure best recycling practice. This downloadable from the website link below

Energy, Efficiency, Savings Tips from Charleville Community Tidy Towns

Sustainability of resources is a major action focus for success in Tidy Towns and energy efficiency was selected by CTT team as a priority area for 2017 -2018.
To facilitate this action CTT has assembled a number of practical energy efficiency tips or recommendations from members of its energy panel that will be rolled out to the community over the coming weeks and on its new web site under development.

Part One: Home Heating

The average home costs between euro 1500 to 2000 to heat per annum and about 60% is spent of space heating while another 24% is spent on domestic hot water.

Savings : Question 1

Do you know what your total annual outlay costs for fuel, heating, energy, are? Unless you know your current annual budget costs as a starting baseline, you will not be able to track the value impact of planned improvements or sustainable reductions over time. Savings are far more useful in your pocket, and all it takes are a few phone calls.

Following are ten initial energy saving tips provided by members of your SEC community to help you save money with sustainable waste reduction benefits.

1. Central Heating

Reduce the thermostat on your central heating by 1 degree from 20 degrees to 19 is estimated to save 10% of your annual central heating bill. The maximum recommended temperature for most buildings is 19 degrees centigrade..

2. Boiler Service

Have your boiler serviced, at least every two years, by trained competent & approved service providers, to ensure maximum boiler combustion efficiency, to detect & repair any oil leaks and especially to provide you with a dated print out of the boiler efficiency before/after service, including any dangerous carbon monoxide levels detected.

3. Boiler Efficiency

Check the age and efficiency rating of your boiler. A boiler of 15 to 20 years old may only be 65 to 70 % efficient if serviced, while a modern boiler may reach 75 to 80%efficiency, while a new condensing boiler may reach 90 to 95% efficient combustion. Therefore you could potentially reduce your heating bills by over 30% by replacing an old inefficient boiler with a new condensing boiler. Check that they qualify for revised grant aid support.

4. Pipe Insulation

Ensure that all external and attic central heating hot water pipes are fully lagged with wraparound insulation to reduce heat loss to a minimum.

5. Radiators

Check that radiators are not air locked or need to be ventilated with a simple air lock device to ensure efficient heat transfer operation and place foil backed insulation barrier behind each radiator to reflect heat into your rooms and away from heating walls that may not be insulated.

6. Draught Proofing

Draught seal all windows , doors and letter boxes with draught excluder tape and also consider chimney balloons for any chimneys NOT or NEVER in use. Draught prevention or identification of heat loss cold zones can also be established by a good BER rating contractor using thermal imaging systems.

7. Open Fires v Wood Burning Stoves

Open fires operate at an efficiency rating of about 30%, [or 70% is lost up the chimney],whereas by installing a top wood burning stove you can achieve efficiencies of up to 65% with greater comfort in your home.

8. Immersion Water Heating

Set hot water thermostats at 55 to 60 degrees C maximum, as there is no point overheating water and then having to cool it down before using it. Reduce the immersion ON timer slots to minimum required for the number of occupants and OFF if your central heating is also on and linked to your cylinder.  Water immersions are very expensive to run and ranked by many suppliers as biggest waste of energy in the home.

9. Lagging Jackets

The actual cost of insulating your water cylinder correctly is recouped in 2 to 3 months and saving over 30% of your water heating costs. An 80mm lagging jacket can save you euro 2.5 per week and costs only euro 14 to15 to purchase. This is why some people add two lagging jackets. If you need to change your cylinder consider the benefits of new design factory pre-insulated cylinders as a potential better replacement investment option.

10. Electric Fires

If used, Low level 1 setting over a longer duration is far more cost effective than high level 2 which can be very expensive over an extended period. Ensure direction fan is also directed into the room space and always turn off at night for your safety.

Budget Energy Savings

List of Energy Users

Energy Use Percentages

Available Grants

Electric Vehicle Recharging Station at The Turrets

Part Two:

The average home costs between euro 1500 to 2000 to heat per annum and about 60% is spent of space heating while another 24% is spent on domestic hot water.

1. Electricity

Check out the best deals available from each service provider before renewal dates and you may be surprised by the cost savings and switching incentives offered to you for your business. A Valuable Annual reminder exercise for your calendar.

2. Home Heating Controls

Installing Heating Controls to your home heating system will typically reduce your energy usage by up to 20% of whatever your current heating cost outlay is.
Adding modern heating controls can help you to accurately match your space heating and hot water schedules to the working and living patterns in your home so that when heat and hot water are required, it is available and when it is not required, it is turned off. It can also be turned on by remote access from you phone.
An excellent Homeowners Guide to Heating Controls is available from SEAI that lists all the right questions to ask yourself first, and then any installer or supplier, before exploring available SEAI grants of up to 700 euro, with 3 claimed year payback, under the Better Energy Homes programme. This will help you to improve your home heating system and enhance the BER rating and future value of your home. Please visit for a local list of registered approved contractors for this grant programme.

3. Attic Insulation

Insulating 50 square meters of a typical house costs around 250 to 300 euro, giving potential savings of 75 to 80 euro per annum and a four year payback. Some people reinvest their savings from other initiatives to double the level of attic insulation, pipes and water tanks to prevent frost damage by cross laying layers of attic insulation for a very comfortable warm home. Insulation grant are available from SEAI.

4. Wall Insulation

Heat loss through un-insulated cavity or hollow block walls can be as high as 35 to 40% so your potential savings here could be minimum of euro 500 per annum.Depending on type of wall construction, SEAI provide grants towards the upgrading of wall insulation such as euro 300 grants towards cost of having cavities pumped with bonded bead, from 1200 up to 2400 euro for internal wall dry lining and from 2750 to 6000 euro for external wall insulation.

5. Double or Triple Glazing Benefits

If you have single glazed or older air filled double glazing you should consider having the glazing replaced with new energy efficient argon filled double glazed units, with very low U values as claimed by the Energlaze system.  By keeping your frames you can reduce the cost of upgrading the windows by 50% and can improve heat retention by up to 400% without any major installation costs of repair or redecoration.

6. Solar Panels

By installing solar panels you can reduce your water heating costs by up to 70% annually, with an investment payback return up to 10 years, depending on the size of your family and hot water usage. A grant of up to 1200 euro is available towards the cost of solar panels.

7. Dishwashers

Use the express wash or half load features to reduce wash time and energy usage from 2hours 20 minutes to 1 hour 10 minutes. Always turn off and plug out at night in case of electrical faults overheating.

8. Washing Machines

Most modern washing machines, using best quality cold washing powers or detergents, work just as effectively at 30 degree water heating setting, costing less than 10 cents per small wash while a setting at 60 degrees is estimated to cost close to 70 cents per small wash, with more potential damage to lifetime of your clothes.

9. Refrigerators

The majority of household fridges are set much too low in temperature which is not essential for food preservation but causes significant dehydration or surface drying out of food items. Purchase an A rated frost free insulated fridge if changing as annual costs are minimal.

10. Lighting

Note that changing over and replacing all light bulbs to new energy efficient long life bulbs will reduce your electricity bill significantly. A typical 11 watt low energy light bulb will produce as much light as 60watt ordinary light bulb and most use only 20% of the energy required for an ordinary bulb. Most people can also reduce number of lights used at night time by just switching off except for safety access lighting.

If you find these energy saving tips useful or need additional information or wish to share tips on other savings with us, in confidence, please email Charleville Tidy Towns on . We look forward to hearing from you.

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