Seamus Clancy

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Aldi’s  fresh fish range has already undergone the redesign, with clear recyclable packaging trays introduced. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Aldi Ireland has banned black plastic trays used as packaging for its fruit and vegetables range, saving more than 450 tonnes of non-recyclable waste (...)

The report shows 87,000 tonnes of non-recyclable content is ending up in recycling bins every year. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Ireland must increase its plastic packaging recycling by up to 80 per cent by 2030 if it is to meet strict new EU targets, according to the recycling (...)

Ireland has little or no capacity to recycle soft plastic items.

Plastic is “without question the biggest environmental issues of our time and how we respond to it today will dictate our planet’s health in the futur(...)

 A ‘shop and drop’ plastics protest in Rathmines,  Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Thousands of shoppers across the country left their unwanted plastic packaging behind them at their local supermarket on Saturday after removing it fr(...)

The Irish waste sector is facing unprecedented challenges as new forms of recycling have to be embraced, and old reliable ways of disposing waste are (...)

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(...)

Astrid Gundersen  (3), from Swords, at the Friends of the Earth protest outside the Dáil on Wednesday as the joint Oireachtas environment committee began hearings on the Waste Reduction Bill. Photograph: Alan Betson

There are strong indications that legislation for a mandatory “deposit return scheme” in Ireland for plastic bottles and a ban on single-use plastic m(...)

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(...)

Repak chief executive Séamus Clancy says waste wrapping from online deliveries has to be “collected, gathered and recycled” which leaves Repak members paying approximately €500,000. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Online shopping will create a 7,500 tonne waste mountain in Ireland this year, but Amazon and other online retail giants do not pay any of the recycli(...)

A recycling facility in Clonshaugh, Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The global waste recycling industry is facing a period of upheaval, and the single biggest issue is what to do with plastic, said Séamus Clancy, chief(...)

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