Business to Business (B2B) Green Mentors

Date released: Aug 10 2005

The Business to Business (B2B) Green Mentor is a programme which focuses on waste prevention for companies in the mid-west region.  This project is funded under the EPA’s Cleaner Greener Production Programme and is managed by the Regional Waste Management Office, representing Limerick City Council and Limerick, Clare and Kerry County Councils.  The project encourages larger companies to become Green Mentors, by providing assistance on waste prevention to smaller companies in their sector or geographical area, or to their suppliers. 

“Prevention is better than cure is an old adage that is especially true when it comes to preventing waste and associated costs for businesses” said Dr Brian Donlon, manager of the research programme.  “The EPA’s Cleaner Greener Production Programme has this idea as its core ethos.  It gives Irish organisations the opportunity to implement cleaner greener practices gives rise to effective use of resources and reduced costs.”  The project has already attracted support from some leading firms in the mid-west region.

A typical Green Mentor event comprises a visit by a group of smaller companies to the host company, an informative talk by a company expert on the area of waste prevention and a tour of the facility.  Networking among the attending companies will be facilitated during these visits. The main ideas from each session will be posted on the Regional Waste Management Office website www.managewaste.ie and may be subsequently summarised and circulated to the participants and other interested parties.

It is anticipated that, in the initial pilot phase, approximately 60 small firms across the region will benefit from the programme. It is known that the true cost of waste can represent up to 4% of a company’s turnover, therefore, there is potential for significant cost savings through implementing waste prevention in the workplace.

If you would like some further information on the EPA’s B2B Green Mentor programme please contact :

Helen Walsh,                            or          Margaret Murphy,
EPA,                                                      Regional Waste Management Office,
McCumiskey House,                              Dooradoyle Road,
Richview,                                               Dooradoyle,
Clonskeagh Road,                                  Co Limerick.                             
Dublin 14.                                              Ph:061 307944 

Ph: 01-268 0100                                    Email: margaretm@limerickcoco.ie
Email: h.walsh@epa.ie                             www.managewaste.ie