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The Circular Economy in the Recovery

June 3rd, 2020 We were all caught off guard by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the plastics industry was no different. The industry had invested in a large number of plants and planned to increase supply this year, so the current dramatic drop in demand for oil and plastics has come as a shock. It’s no […]

Untreated sewage discharged across the country every day, EPA

November 14th, 2019 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revealed that that untreated sewage of 77,000 people in 36 towns and villages is being discharged to the environment every day. In its Urban Wastewater Treatment Report for 2018, the watchdog warns that untreated raw sewage will continue to be discharged into coastal and inland waters […]

Plans to introduce new levies on single-use plastics and waste

The Government looks set to push forward with a series of new environmental levies to encourage behavioural change and bring in additional funding to tackle waste blackspots. Speaking this morning, the Minister for the Environment Richard Bruton TD announced a number of proposed levies to crackdown on single-use plastics, landfill and incineration use and takeaway […]

Less than half of litter fines paid between 2012-2017

May 17th, 2019 Less than half of litter fines issued by local authorities between 2012 and 2017 were paid, a new report into Ireland’s waste has found. The report from the environmental charity VOICE Ireland follows a 10-month investigation into how local authorities are managing and Ireland’s public waste and tackling litter. The report is […]

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Irish e-waste found dumped in developing countries

February 7th, 2019 Electronic waste from Ireland and other EU countries is being dumped in developing countries, a new international study has found. The findings were revealed in a new two-year study that tracked the movement of 314 old computers, printers, and monitors from 10 EU countries using secretly installed GPS trackers. The study, carried […]

Resident protest over illegal dump in Cork City

January 28th, 2019 A group of Ballyvolane residents gathered outside Cork City Council today urging authorities to clean up an illegal rubbish dump near their homes. A large volume of household rubbish, including animal carcasses, has accumulated at Ellis’s Yard and its neighbouring Spring Lane on the north side of Cork City for several years. […]

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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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 […]

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 […]

Reuse Month 2018 launch. Minister Denis Naughten with Regional Waste Prevention Officers Pauline McDonogh, Declan Breen, and Sinéad Ní Mhainnín and Christine Costelloe and Claire Downey from CRNI. Photo: Ray Ryan

Reuse Month: People urged to reuse more, waste less

October 2nd, 2018 Numerous events will be held across the country to highlight the importance of reusing waste throughout National Reuse Month this October. Three Irish waste management offices have also appealed to the public to reuse and recycle their waste more frequently, counting the country’s low reuse figures. It has been estimated that Irish […]