Repak has urged consumers to recycle as much as possible over Christmas. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Irish people will use enough glass over Christmas to bottle over 1.2 million cases of wine, according to recycling body Repak, in a reminder to season(...)

Fiona Crouch of the Marine Biological Association of the UK, speaking during a survey as part of the launch of Shore Thing Ireland at Spiddal, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy 3:58

Synthetic clothing, skin exfoliants and toothpaste may not sound too toxic, but to a lugworm or filter-feeding mussel they are lethal poison. (...)

Andrew Hetherington was paid in the region of €250,000 annually by Repak, despite the fact that he effectively ran the organisation part-time, commuting to Dublin from Scotland for about three days a week. Photograph: Pat Langan

Repak, which sacked its chief executive Andrew Hetherington earlier this year following alleged financial irregularities at the industry recycling gro(...)

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan:  “The introduction of a packaging levy is likely to generate a number of costs . . .  with few identifiable additional environmental benefits.” Photograph: David Sleator

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has abandoned plans in the programme for government to introduce a packaging levy. Unlike the plastic bag levy(...)

Repak is licensed by the Minister for the Environment to run a statutory recycling scheme for retailers and other large waste-packaging producers

Repak has dismissed its long-standing chief executive Andrew Hetherington following an inquiry by accountants Grant Thornton into alleged financial ir(...)

God be with the days when we used to go back to the shop with our empty bottles of Taylor Keith lemonade and get refunds. It may have been just a few (...)

In the Dublin local authority areas the green bin is seen as the “free bin” by most households, except customers of Greyhound, who use bags instead of bins and since last December must pay €9 for six recycling bags. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In the sometimes murky world of waste disposal there is one service that has always been held out as a success story – the provision of dry mix(...)

Six Easter eggs per household are expected to be eaten this weekend. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Irish households have been urged to recycle more packaging from the 12m Easter eggs to be consumed in the coming days as Oxfam has warned over (...)

Ireland has one of the fastest-growing recycling rates in Europe. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Recession and a marked fall in personal consumption has helped Ireland meet all but one of its EU waste recovery targets. Figures release(...)