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School Strike (Derry)

Part of a global school strike initiated by 16 year old Greta Thunberg, young people in Derry boycotted school to demonstrate for human life on earth. Earth will survive but as one young person said, “There’s no point of going into school if there’s no future, so I walked out of school today because I though this was more important.”

Join Our Zero Waste Green Team at Stendhal Festival

Thursday 15th August  to Saturday 17th August 2019

What are Stendhal and Zero Waste looking for?

  • People with a passion for the planet to help us achieve our green targets.
  • People who want to play an important role in producing and sustaining the largest ever summer camping festival in Northern Ireland.
  • People who enjoy music and meeting new people.

Role of the Zero Waste Green Team

  • Zero Waste North West are the driving force behind Stendhal’s Green policy. Our job is to:
  • set up on site systems to reduce/eliminate throwaway stuff.
  • actively educate the public on how to recycle, which bins to use and why
  • help ensure that all the separated waste is placed in the correct storage units in the on site depot, so that it can be disposed of as efficiently and cleanly as possible.
  • ensure the resources collected onsite are recycled. 

Stendhal values our volunteers

There are rewards for joining the Zero Waste Green Team!

  • 2 x 3 hr shifts gets you free festival entry on that day.
  • 3 x 3 hr shifts gets you free entry on those days, one hot meal each day, plus one night free camping.
  • 4 x 3 hr shifts plus the 4 hr Sun clean-up gets you free entry Thursday – Sunday, 1 hot meal on Fri, £30 food and drink vouchers on Saturday plus three nights free camping.  

If you really want to be involved and can only offer one 3 hour shift, you will still be very welcome.

And, if you volunteer for 20 hours prior to August, you will receive an additional free ticket to give to a family member or a friend. We meet at the site every Sunday from 11am – 5pm from June until Aug.


  • All Volunteers for The Green Team must be at least 18 years of age.
  • 16 year olds keen to help can come with a guardian aged over 18, though this only counts as one volunteer. We may be able to help you buddy up with an older volunteer so do get in touch if you are interested.

Contact: If you are interested in joining the Zero Waste Green Team at Stendhal Festival please complete the form in this link and send it to either of the emails therein.

We look forward to welcoming you to the team!

‘Nappuccino’ event showcases benefits of reusable nappies

NAPPUCCINO TIME!. . . . The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, John Boyle pictured with parents, children, organisers and stallholders at DCSDC’s ‘Nappuccino’ event at the Foyle Arena on Tuesday morning. The event was held to showcase the benefits of reuseable nappies and baby wipes.

Derry City and Strabane District Council hosted a hugely successful ‘Nappuccino’ event at the Foyle Arena on 20th November 2018.  It provided parents with information and advice on reusable nappies, wipes and sanitary items.

The local authority, which is one of the first in the UK or Ireland to adopt a Zero Waste Circular Economy Strategy, is aiming to raise awareness of ways in which we can all reduce waste and live more sustainably.

For centuries women have used cloth nappies on their babies – and they are now experiencing a global revival with substantial savings to be made by parents and the added benefit of being an eco-friendly option.

NAPPUCCINO TIME!. . . . DCSDC’s Recycling Officer, Julie Hannway explaining the advantages of reuseable nappies and baby wipes during Tuesday’s ‘Nappuccino’ event at the Foyle Arena. The event was held to showcase the benefits of reuseable nappies and baby wipes.

Julie Hannaway is the Council’s Recycling and Waste Minimisation Officer.  She said:
“We were delighted to deliver the first Council-led ‘Nappuccino’ event at the Foyle Arena today, which really was a huge success! This was a great opportunity for parents with babies and toddlers to come together, share experiences and get information on reusable baby-care over a cup of coffee.

“Washable cotton nappies are a really cost effective option for parents – with research indicating that anything from £150 to £1000 can be saved from birth to potty by opting for re-usable rather than disposable nappies. 

“Indeed, depending on the parent’s choice of nappies, savings stack up even further when the cloth nappies are used on multiple children. It’s also the most eco-friendly option, helping to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.

NAPPUCCINO TIME!. . . . Parents and baby fun at Tuesday morning’s DCSDC’s ‘Nappuccino’ event at the Foyle Arena. The event was held to showcase the benefits of reuseable nappies and baby wipes.

“It’s fantastic that Council are leading the way on this awareness raising initiative and  equipping parents with very practical knowledge on how they can reduce waste after having a child.  Indeed, this was the first of many ‘Nappucino’ events that we will be rolling out across the City and District in the coming months and years.”





NAPPUCCINO TIME!. . . . Ruth O’Callaghan, The UseLess Shop, Anne Carlin, DCSDC and Stephanie Roulston, Home Safety Officer, DSDC pictured at Tuesday’s ‘Nappuccino’ event at the Foyle Arena. The event was held to showcase the benefits of reuseable nappies and baby wipes. (Photos: Jim McCafferty Photography)

Our Earth Our Future

This is a slideshow of the brilliant Our Earth Our Future March, Rally and Gathering (20th October 2018) co-organised by Zero Waste North West, Friends Of the Earth and St Columb’s Park House.  Some 30 environmental protector organisations participated. Earth is rising.

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Enough Stuff Festival 2018

Some photos from our second and even more brilliant Enough Stuff Festival that took place 15/16th September 2018 at the Playtrail, Racecourse Road, Derry.  We had talks, workshops, performances, storytelling and all launched our first eco business The UseLess Shop.  We even had our first citizen turn up to see what was going down, learn how to make apple juice from local apples and make a few pledges on our Pledge Tree for his time in office.

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