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Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy launched

Ireland will introduce ambitious new targets to tackle waste and move towards a circular economy under a new plan announced last week by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Eamon Ryan TD. The plan includes halving our food waste by 2030, the introduction of a deposit and return scheme for plastic bottles and cans, a ban on certain single use plastics from July 2021, and...
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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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Stronger protections for UK environment as landmark Bill takes shape

New measures to enhance wildlife, transform our waste system and improve the resilience of water supplies have been set out by UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove. In an update on progress towards the introduction of the landmark Environment Bill – the first for 20 years – the government has published firm positions, following a range of consultations, on issues ranging from trees to water to r...
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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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Climate change is seen as the most pressing environmental issue in Ireland – EPA 2018 Report

An overwhelming majority of adults (86%) recognise the value of the environment to the people of Ireland, recent research conducted on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found.  The EPA released the findings to coincide with the launch of its EPA 2018 in Review report. The Red C poll in November 2018 explored attitudes towards environmental issues. Commenting on the survey,...
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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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Ireland among worst European performers in a range of environmental areas – CSO report

Ireland has been placed among the worst European performers in a range of environmental areas, according to detailed new statistical analysis.  A biennial report published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows a relatively poor performance in a number of areas, including emissions, greenhouse gases, bathing water standards and the amount of land designated as protected areas for birds. T...
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Galway City Community Network creates city’s first sustainability festival

Community and environmental groups across Galway City are joining forces to create a festival to encourage the community to live more sustainably. Galway City was awarded the European Green Leaf 2017 last year and was the inspiration for this festival, organised by the Galway City Community Network (GCCN).  The GCCN has been pushing for a “collaborative workshop” in the county to explore initiativ...
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) could help us protect the environment — or destroy it

Artificial intelligence (AI) continues to evolve exponentially. With environmental concerns ever more at the forefront, experts are turning to AI to find sustainable solutions. But the technology also presents risks. Today, we can pull out our smart phones and use various apps to enhance our everyday lives. Digital assistants like Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri are able to complete a number of...
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