Environment News

August 2015 – Gum Litter Awareness Launch Lough Key Forest Park

Gum Litter Awareness Launch

Cathaoirleach Paddy Kilduff, along with local councillors, Tidy Towns, officers from Roscommon County Council and staff from Lough Key at the recent Gum Litter Awareness campaign which was launched in Lough Key Forest Park.



The Awards Ceremony for the presentation of prizes in the 2015 Anti Litter Media project was held in the C&L Plex Cinema, Roscommon town in April 2015.

Over 100 students, and teachers were present along with the Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council , Mr. John Cummins, Ms Majella Hunt, Director of Service, Sarah Scott, Senior Staff Officer, and Marion Parker,A/Environment Awareness Officer, Roscommon County Council.

This project is promoted by Roscommon County Council as an anti litter initiative for secondary school students.

Participating schools were:

  • Roscommon County College, Roscommon town
  • CBS Roscommon town
  • Convent of Mercy, Roscommon Town
  • Castlerea Community College
  • Elphin Community College
  • Youthreach, Ballaghaderreen
  • St. Nathy’s College, Ballaghaderreen
  • Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown

The overall winners were:

Convent of Mercy, Roscommon town.

2nd Prize – Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown

3rd Prize – Youth Reach, Ballaghaderreen


            Youth Reach Ballaghaderreen -3rd Prize Winners


                      Scoil Mhuire, Stroketown – 2nd Prize Winners


               Convent of Mercy, Roscommon town – Overall Winners


28 schools in Co. Roscommon were awarded their Green Flags at the An Taisce Green Schools Awards ceremony held in Athlone 26th May 2015.   Congratulations to all the pupils and teachers on achieving their prestigious Green Flag.



St. Mary’s NS, Knockcroghery



Clooncagh NS

Ardkeenan NS



Ballyforan NS

Croghan NS

Kilteevan NS

Newtown NS

St. Josephs NS Summerhill 

St. Patricks Boys NS Strokestown



Lisacul NS

Naomh Attracta Kingsland

Scoil na nAingil Naofa Boyle

St. Mary’s NS Strokestown

Tisara NS



Abbey Boys NS, Roscommon town

Attyrory NS

Ballintleva NS

Cloontuskert NS

Mt Talbot NS

Drumboylan NS

St. Ann’s Castlerea



Galescoil deHide, Roscommon town

Rahara NS

Roscommon Community College

Roxboro NS

St. Bride’s Ballintubber

St. Josephs Boys NS, Boyle

St. Michaels Woodbrook



June 2014


The 2014 Gum Litter Taskforce  environmental awareness campaign was launched in Roscommon town  on Thursday 19th June by.Cathaoirleach    of Roscommon County Council Mr.  John Cummins.

The aim of the campaign is to reduce littered gum by raising awareness that dropping gum on the ground is littering and that it is subject to a €150 fine.  The Gum Litter campaign  encourages the public to dispose of their used gum responsibly.

In previous years, the campaign has been a huge success with a baseline reduction of gum litter of 33% from 2012 to 2013. The number of people who recognise that dropping chewing gum is litter is now at an all-time high at 93%. In 2013, over half of those surveyed had seen or heard the campaign, and TV advertising alone led to 25% of people disposing of gum responsibly.

Speaking at the launch Mr. Cummins said, “It’s wonderful to see that community involvement is still alive and well in Roscommon, as well as in towns right across the country. The GLT campaign brings together the general public with industry and local authorities to reduce litter and show pride in their towns by working together.”

As part of the campaign, Roscommon County Council also launched paving stones with anti gum litter messages which will be put in place at the pedestrian crossing in Roscommon town where there are already two dedicated gum litter bins.

Attending the launch were pupils from Abbey Boy’s NS, Roscommon town, public representatives, chamber of commerce, tidy towns  and officials from Roscommon County Council.

Gum Litter Eco Cabs were in Roscommon town on the day bringing the message to the whole town.

Gum Litter Awareness Launch                                   

Mr. John Cummins,Cathaoirleach Roscommon County Council, pupils from Abbey Boy’s NS,  officials from Roscommon County Council and public representatives at Gum Litter Awareness Launch.


Gum Litter Awareness Launch

Paving stone with Gum Litter message being launched.




Spring Clean Launch 2014

Tidy Towns Committee members along with Mayor Martin Connaughton, Roscommon County Council officials, Chamber of Commerce, and local representatives at launch of National Spring Clean 2014.


Spring Clean Launch 2014

Mayor Martin Connaughton at launch of anti litter paving stones for Roscommon Town, along with Tidy Towns members, Chamber of Commerce,  and local representatives.


Spring Clean Launch 2014 

Sarah McGovern, Spring Clean representative at launch of CCTV Bring Bank signs in April 2014.


November 2012 -  Roscommon County Council Anti Litter Initiatives in Ballaghaderreen

You may have seen unusual paving stones in the footpaths in Ballaghaderreen town recently.  Marion Parker, A/EAO stated that  these paving stones  are part of Roscommon County Council ongoing anti litter awareness campaign.   5 engraved limestone paving stones have been put in place in the footpaths in  Ballaghaderreen town, each carrying a different Anti Litter message, such as ‘Love Ballaghaderreen-Keep it Litter Free’; ‘Bin Your Gum’,  and ‘Bin Your Litter-It’s Easy’. 

You will see these anti litter messages outside Newsround, the Post Office, Durkins, near St. Nathys College,  and the Library.  The idea is that these are permanent reminders to the public not to litter and to use the litter bins, and to take pride in their town and keep it Litter free.  The stones are high quality limestone and are a very attractively placed in the footpaths.  This is a novel idea and is the first time  such an initiative has been used in Roscommon and it is hoped to do something similar is other towns in the future.

Ballaghaderreen Tidy Towns are delighted with this initiative and with having these unique anti litter messages throughout the town.


Keep It Litter Free


iRadio's and Roscommon County Council’s “Where have you Bin?”  Anti Litter Campaign Put Litter in……….Get Cash Out

Regional radio group iRadio, along with the Environmental Departments of 12 Local Authorities has launched a major anti-litter promotion which will run throughout the month of November and finish in early December.

This is a groundbreaking campaign as it is the first time that twelve localauthorities have come together for an initiative of this kind.

Roscommon County Council, Galway County, Galway City, Mayo, Longford, Leitrim, Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan, Meath, Westmeath and Louth Councils all join iRadio for the“Where have you Bin?” campaign which aims to encourage listeners to use bins and reduce litter in the region.

Random bins across these counties will be watched by the undercover iRadio iTeam, who will identify lucky bin users and reward them with €100 in cash.  The campaign was launched at iRadio’s  offices in Athlone on the 7th November.

Marion Parker  of Roscommon County Council said: “The Where have you Bin” campaign is the first campaign of its kind anywhere in the country and I’m delighted to be involved. iRadio is one of the most popular radio stations in the country amongst young adults and the local authorities in the region have been looking for a way to engage with people on the issue of litter for a while now and the partnership with iRadio is the perfect way of doing this.

 This campaign is a  unique and novel way of encouraging people to put their litter into the bin. It’s an added bonus that the lucky ones who get spotted by the I Radio team doing the right thing will also get €100.

Putting your litter into a bin is easy and I’m hoping that as a result of the “Where have you bin” campaign more and more people will form this good habit and help keep the streets of our counties litter free. “


SEPTEMBER 2012 – Roscommon County Council – Dog Fouling Campaign

Roscommon County Council launched an awareness campaign on Dog Fouling with Tidy Towns Groups in the County recently.  Monksland Tidy towns, Roscommon Tidy Towns, Boyle Tidy Towns, Castlerea Tidy Towns and Ballaghaderreen Tidy Towns were all involved in the campaign.    Marion Parker, A/Environmental Awareness Officer, Roscommon County Council, stated that this anti dog fouling campaign aims to encourage dog owners to bring a bag with them every time they walk their dog so that if the dog fouls in a public place they can use the bag to collect the waste and dispose of it in a sanitary manger, either in a bin or bring it home.

She also outlined that Dog Fouling is a major issue for many towns, villages and public spaces in County Roscommon.  It is the most offensive type of litter and is consistently raised as a public concern.  This current campaign is taking a multi faceted approach    to communicate its message to dog owners, including bin stickers, posters and clean advertising.

Clean Advertising involves stencils with an Anti Dog Fouling message which is sprayed or power washed onto the footpath leaving behind the ‘cleaned’ artwork.  This kind of advertising is environmentally green and lasts for a few weeks.  The advantage of this type of advertising is that the message is delivered close to the dog fouling activity thereby highlighting the activity and reminding dog owners of their responsibilities.  It can also be easily carried out where new problem areas arise. 

Bin Stickers are also being placed on litter bins to remind dog owners to use a bag to clean up and   to dispose of the waste in the bin.  Posters are also being placed in public buildings and shops.  A limited number of pooper scoopers are also available in Libraries and public buildings in the County.

Campaign Launch in Roscommon town


Tidy Town


Historical News


Roscommon County Council organised a Biodiversity Poster competition with national schools in the County in conjunction with

 ‘Bio Blitz’ which was held in Lough Key Forest Park at the end of May.  Prizes were awarded to the winners in Lough Key as part of the launch of Bio Blitz.

Rahara NS, Junior - 1st Prize.pdf (size 1.1 MB)

Ballinagare NS, Junior - 2nd Prize.pdf (size 756.9 KB)

Ballybay Central NS, Junior - 3rd Prize.pdf (size 621.1 KB)

Clonown NS, Senior - 1st Prize.pdf (size 987.5 KB)

St. Josephs BNS Boyle, Senior - 2nd Prize.pdf (size 729.2 KB)

The Don NS, Senior - 3rd Prize.pdf (size 858.5 KB)


March 2010

Waste Disposal Leaflets Published in Four Languages.

Roscommon County Council's Environment Section has recently published "Information Leaflets" in four different languages setting out details on how to dispose of Household Waste. The leaflet gives details of Civic Amenity Sites and Bring Banks in the County and their opening hours, also details of Waste Collectors.

The leaflets are printed in Portuguese, Polish, Russian and Lithuanian. Copies are available in the following locations:

  • Roscommon County Library
  • Boyle Library
  • Castlerea Library
  • Ballaghaderreen Library
  • Strokestown Library
  • Elphin Library
  • Citizen Advise Offices in Roscommon Town, Castlerea Town, Boyle Town and Ballaghaderreen town.

Copies are also available from the Environment Section, Roscommon West Business Park, Roscommon town.

March 2010

Roscommon County Council is announced as Finalist in The Green Awards

Green Award Finalist

Roscommon County Council was a finalist in the Green County Council Award category which recognises county councils who have provided a comprehensive array of sustainable services and who have actively encouraged businesses and consumers to become greener in outlook and practice. The awards ceremony took place on the 11th March at the RDS and unfortunately Roscommon County Council did not take home the prize on the night which went to Wicklow County Council.

Special guest of honour, John Gormley, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government said that the The Green Awards, now in their second year, were "well on their way to becoming the premier event in the environmental calendar" and that "the green economy provides one of the most significant opportunities for job creation and growth for Ireland over the coming decades". Duncan Stewart, who judged the awards, said that this year's entries were of "an extraordinary high standard and showed how seriously business, community groups, individuals and government departments were taking the issue of climate change."

Roscommon County Council-Gum Rap Competition Revealed

Abbey Community College, Boyle

Abbey Community College, Boyle

Prize winners in Roscommon County Council's Gum Rap competition were announced at a prize giving ceremony in the Arts Centre, Roscommon, on Tuesday 26th January.

Secondary school students in the County were asked to design a Gum Rap cover and the winning designs will be printed on gum raps and distributed to schools, youth clubs, and public offices.

This is one of the many anti-litter initiatives promoted by Roscommon County Council in its ongoing environmental education programme.

The winning students came from Abbey Community College with Mark Phelan, Abbey Community College, Boyle, receiving first prize for his design and Michael Grehan and Aine Horan receiving runner up prizes.

Suzanne Dempsey, Environmental Awareness Officer, thanked all students who participated in this competition and congratulated the winning students. She outlined that gum litter is one of the most common types of litter that destroys our footpaths and is very difficult and expensive to remove. This aim of the Gum Rap competition is to encourage everybody to dispose of their gum litter properly. As part of Roscommon County Council's campaign against gum litter two promotional campaigns were held last year in Boyle and Roscommon town and three specific Gum Litter bins were put in place, again in Boyle and Roscommon town.