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Fostering a circular economy is critically important in terms of Ireland’s green recovery, EPA Report

Fostering a circular economy is critically important in terms of Ireland’s green recovery, EPA Report The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the 2019 Annual Report on the National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP) - a Government of Ireland initiative led by the EPA. The report highlights the activities carried out during 2019 to support and promote Ireland’s transition to a cir...
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Sharp increase in dumping and ‘backyard burning’ during lockdown, says EPA

Sharp increase in dumping and ‘backyard burning’ during lockdown, says EPA A sharp rise in household waste generated during the Covid-19 lockdown led to big increases in illegal dumping and “backyard burning”, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report Ireland in the Pandemic - Environmental Observations.  Enquiries to the EPA website increased four-fold during the lockdown per...
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Recent Waste Management Enforcement Measures by Local Authorities

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently assessed the environmental enforcement activities of local authorities in its annual performance report. We summarise their key findings in the area of waste and consider the recommendations made where improvement will hopefully enhance environmental enforcement. Illegal waste activities The EPA recommends that local authorities should f...
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New Landfill levies proposed

New levies due to be introduced on disposable cups and plastic bags are not a “grab for money”, the Minister for Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton has said.  Mr Bruton said “every cent” raised by the levies, will be “ploughed back into environmental measures” such as clean-ups, anti-dumping actions and the promotion of better waste practices in the community. A public consultation on a...
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Humans generated 1.8bn tonnes of solid waste in 2016

Verde Environmental Consultants provide expert advisory, monitoring and assessment services from our offices in Wicklow, Cork, Mayo and Galway in soil, air, water, waste, energy, noise and ecology disciplines Our multidisciplinary approach and in-house expertise allows us to provide a breadth of relevant environmental consultancy and contracting services to both the private and public sectors...
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Human waste causes rise in ‘green tides’ in coastal areas – Study

Sprawling beds of bright green seaweed caused by human waste products around the Irish coastline are thought to be on the rise, new research has indicated.  “Green tides” of seaweed known as sea lettuce appear when nutrients from various human waste products – including sewage and agricultural sources – flow into the sea and cause a proliferation of growth. A two-year study of the substance by Ea...
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A million nappies and 500,000 coffee cups are binned each day

Ireland now dumps more than €3m of food each day, new research has shown - and a new RTÉ documentary reveals the mountains of trash binned every day - including a million nappies. The documentary series reveals that it takes an army of 44,000 workers to clean up after the nation. While hotel workers are left to launder sheets stained with fake tan and make-up in the 'selfie' age, council worker...
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EPA conference considers the challenge of plastics for Ireland

The Environmental Protection Agency’s conference, Moving Ireland into the New Plastics Economy, took place in Dublin last week, November 08 2018.  Opening the conference, Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Seán Canney, said: “We need to take stock of our relationship with plastic. We must start to make informed choices about how we use plasti...
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14 EU Member States at Risk of Missing Recycling Target

Action plans aimed at helping the fourteen member states considered to be at greatest risk of missing the EU’s 2020 recycling targets have been published in a key report by environmental consultancy Eunomia Research & Consulting for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Environment. his project came under the Waste Framework Directive‘s Early Warning System, which requires the E...
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EU Commission reviews implementation of EU waste rules

The European Commission recently published the latest review of how well EU waste rules are applied across Europe, presenting challenges and ways forward. Despite continuous progress in Member States and an overall good performance at EU level, there are serious gaps that must be swiftly addressed if Europe is to reap the environmental and economic benefits of the circular economy. 14 European cou...
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