The April figure for auto diesel of 139 million litres was the lowest monthly figure in the past 20 years, according to the study. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish greenhouse gas emissions reduced by an estimated 2.5 per cent between March and May as a result of the impact of the lockdown from the Covid-19 (...)

People and businesses across the European Union produce 58 million tonnes of plastic every year; more than 40 per cent of that total comes from packaging alone. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

For many, the image that brought the crisis home came when David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II documentary showed an albatross unwittingly feeding its(...)

New guidelines dictate that packaging waste must be clean, dry and loose before recycling.

What we can and cannot put in our recycling bins has suddenly become a big talking point across Ireland, particularly with the increasing prevalence o(...)

Up to 97% of Irish plastic, including plastic bottles, went to China because of a lack of processing capacity at home.

Ireland will not be able to avoid the aftershock of China banning imports of plastic materials and other waste for recycling. The ban, due to come i(...)

Newspapers can go in the recycling bin (generally green). Photograph: Getty

When it comes to managing our bins, many of us are rubbish. But then it’s not like we get much help from the State, the waste management companies or (...)

Bord na Móna has agreed to extend the capacity at its landfill in Drehid, Co Kildare.

State-owned Bord na Móna increased charges for dumping in its licensed landfill site by 5 per cent to €45 a tonne at the beginning of the year, (...)

Refuse collectors in Lucan, west Dublin: the Republic is running out of landfill space required to dump about 600,000 tonnes of household waste a year. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins/Dublin

It is an old cliché: where there’s muck there’s brass. The privatisation of household waste-collection in the last decade helped to develop an industr(...)

Minister Simon Coveney  said the Government will spend  €1.5 million on a public information campaign to  explain  how the pay-by-weight system will work.   Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The looming crisis facing the Government over bin charges has been averted by Fianna Fáil’s decision to support a deal to freeze bills for 12 months. (...)

There is a consensus emerging among waste companies, said a source, that households be given an option of retaining, for 12 months, their current scheme or convert to pay-by-weight. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government is facing a potentially serious defeat in the Oireachtas unless it can resolve the controversy over waste charges in the next 24 hours.(...)

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a report on waste enforcement at licensed sites in 2013. It shows wide variations in performance among(...)