Phil Hogan:  ‘There has been a magnificent response by the Irish people to the Weee system in Ireland. It is almost unimaginable to us now, but the sight of discarded waste fridges, washing machines and other e-waste was commonplace throughout our countryside and towns only a few short years ago.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New charges for recycling large electrical household appliances are to be introduced from tomorrow under EU regulations.Fees of €10 for large fridges(...)

The National Litter Pollution Monitoring System Report found more than 54 per cent of litter was cigarette-related in 2013, an increase of 10 per cent since 2004. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Smokers need to take responsibility for their littering behaviour, Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has said, as a new survey shows more tha(...)