Galway City is fortunate to have many beautiful natural areas and it is vital that these areas are protected, enhanced and conserved. Galway City Council acknowledges the efforts from members of the public in Galway City in taking pride in maintaining and keeping their local areas clean and tidy while enhancing biodiversity. As part of the Tidy Towns Initiative, many residents’ groups undertake additional activities on Public Lands such as collecting grass and pruning shrubs. Unfortunately this results in a natural product turning into a waste product which has to be disposed of.
The Parks Department have witnessed cutting back of shrubbery during the bird nesting season and the cutting of grass very short thereby eliminating many species that attract bees such as orchids. Residents are now requested to comply with the following:
- Galway City Council provide a grass cutting service which mulches the grass. Mulching is a simple process of placing garden waste such as grass clippings, leaves and pruning material in thin layers on the soil to break down naturally. Ideal for shrub borders, under hedges and in woodland areas. Mulching reduces weeds, moderates soil temperatures, retains moisture and prevents soil compaction. This grass is not collected as part of the process and residents are requested not to collect this grass and bag it as it then becomes a waste.
- If you collect grass it becomes your responsibility to dispose of it correctly. Landscape contractors will often take away this material for a charge. As you are paying for the disposal of the green waste it is your responsibility to ask the landscaper which green waste facility they will use and to make sure it has a waste permit. Your landscaper should keep the green waste segregated from other types of waste such as soil, stone and plastics bags and pots that would cause contamination in a commercial composting process. Any costs associated with this will be not be borne by Galway City Council.
- In general, residents are requested not to prune back landscaping on public lands as this often causes damage and disease to the plants
- If residents feel very strongly about tidying up greenery, Galway City Council will arrange for two days per estate, one in Spring and one in Autumn at pre-agreed dates when a mulcher will be brought on-site and the greenery will be mulched on-site and taken away or used on-site. This can then be recycled and is not classified as a waste product. Only greenery from public lands will be accepted. Residents should use their brown bin for green waste associated with their own property.
- Alternatively Galway City Council may assist residents in setting up composting facilities on-site at a suitable location and give information on managing same. Garden waste such as leaves, grass, hedge cuttings and old plants is a valuable resource within your garden. But as a waste product transferred out of your garden, it has economic and environmental costs. Recycling garden waste within the garden is the natural, sustainable option, reducing the impact on global warming and strengthening the soil's capacity to adapt to climate change.
From 31st July 2020, Galway City Council will not collect green waste from areas around the city. Grass cuttings from public green areas should not be collected by any members of the public. Residents’ Associations will be given two weeks’ notice of the next date that mulching will be carried out on branches etc. It is anticipated that this will happen in late Autumn. Galway City Council requests that no cutting back be carried out before this.