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Public mood tested on the Environment

In the third and final part of the Kantar consumer sentiment opinion poll published in the Irish Independent, the public mood is tested on the environment, one of two big issues which have dominated the Government's agenda from the outset and as it nears its end. The findings show that the public remains conflicted in relation to environmental issues. In short, much work remains to be done to brin...
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‘Ambitious’ single-use plastic straws and cutlery ban approved by European Council

The European Council has adopted a directive which introduces new restrictions on certain single-use plastic products, which includes a ban on single-use plastic straws, plates and cutlery by 2021.  They will set strict rules for reducing the type of products and packaging which are among the top ten most frequently found items polluting European beaches. Where alternatives are easily available...
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Government to phase out single-use plastics

Single-use plastics are to be phased out across all government departments and agencies before wider laws are introduced to completely ban throwaway products, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.  Mr Varadkar is moving to eradicate use of disposable cups, plates, cutlery, and other single-use items in a bid to cut down on our waste and prevent marine pollution. The commitment came after the Europea...
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European officials agree ban on some single-use plastics

The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have reached a provisional political agreement on the ambitious new measures proposed by the Commission to tackle marine litter at its source, targeting the 10 plastic products most often found on our beaches as well as abandoned fishing gear. European Union officials have agreed to ban some single-use plastics – such as disposable c...
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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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Why compostable plastics may be no better for the environment

As companies move to get rid of single-use plastic bags and bans on microbeads are coming into force, new biodegradable or compostable plastic products seem to offer an alternative. But they may be no better for the environment.  Recently, European scientists argued that existing international industry standards are insufficient and cannot realistically predict the biodegradability of compostable ...
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