More action needed to properly tackle marine waste

January 15th, 2019 While welcoming a new scheme to encourage fishermen to clean up our seas, conservation groups have warned that much more is needed to tackle the level of waste produced by the fishing industry itself. Last week, the Minister for the Marine Michael Creed TD launched the Clean Oceans Initiative to encourage Irish […]

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Fears that microplastics spread on agricultural land

December 10th, 2018 Concentrated levels of microplastics are more likely to be found in sewage sludge commonly applied as a fertiliser than in our oceans, according to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). A new assessment from the Agency has identified several diverse sources from which microplastics are entering the environment, including products where microplastics are […]

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Legislation on microplastics missing globally, UN report

December 8th, 2018 While legislation to tackle plastic waste increases globally, microplastic pollution remains an overlooked problem, a new UN report has revealed. The new report Legal Limits on Single-Use Plastics and Microplastics found that, despite a rise in bans on plastic bags, other single-use plastic products such as microbeads remain largely overlooked. According to […]

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Plastic factory permission contrary to proper planning, finds inspector

December 7th, 2018 On Monday, An Bord Pleanála (ABP) granted permission to Daly Products Ltd to construct a plastic factory in Poundlick, Skibbereen, Co Cork. The judgement, postponed twice during the summer, was long-awaited by those who had appealed the County Council’s original approval of the proposed facility. The Board’s decision prompted dismay among members […]

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Plastic waste doubles over last 10 years, EPA report

December 6th, 2018 The amount of plastic waste from the business sector has doubled over the last 10 year, with single-use coffee cups a growing concern, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has warned. The latest National Waste Characterisation study from the environmental watchdog also revealed that plastics have replaced organic waste as the primary waste […]

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Call for hefty fines on businesses found guilty of large-scale environmental contamination

November 10th, 2018 A Wicklow-based environmental group has called on the Government to bring in new legislation that would impose hefty fines on businesses found guilty of large-scale environmental contamination. The group’s appeal follows a recent plastic spill at Dublin’s Forty Foot. SIAC, the company responsible, was working on the redevelopment of Dún Laoghaire’s baths […]

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Universities across Ireland set to go plastic free on Wednesday

October 15th, 2018 Sixteen third level institutions in Ireland will go plastic-free this Wednesday as part of a sick of plastic environmental campaign. University College Cork (UCC), Trinity College Dublin, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) are among the institutes that will participate in the sustainability initiative. Ireland’s Union […]

Budget 2019: Where does the environment fit?

October 8th, 2018 Over the past week, opposition parties launched their alternative budget proposals, with the housing crisis taking centre stage, as well as proposals for spending on the likes of healthcare, education and other public services. With the media focus firmly on what Budget 2019 will look like for the ‘squeezed middle’, The Green […]

Single-use plastic ban forthcoming across Government departments

October 5th, 2018 The Minister for the Environment is set to push for a ban on single-use plastic items across the public sector. Speaking at the Environment Ireland conference yesterday, Denis Naughten TD said that extra attention will now go toward fighting the “proliferation of single-use plastics” across Ireland. A broad suite of measures, he […]

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Cork campaigners call for long overdue plastic factory planning decision

October 5th, 2018 Local campaigners against a proposed plastic factory in Skibbereen have called for a speedy decision from An Bord Pleanála (ABP) on their appeal of the factory’s planning permission. The planning authority had initially scheduled July 28 as the official date to issue their final decision, but it was later postponed. Speaking at […]