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Bill Costello, right, with Adrian Doyle of Paltec at Green Generation, a renewable energy facility in Nurney, Co Kildare. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Many plastics are used once but last for decades, and more. However, entrepreneur Billy Costello is now developing a series of products that could see(...)

‘In 2019, nearly 39,000 tonnes of recyclable plastic were sent for incineration,’ accordig to EPA senior scientist Dr Tara Higgins.

Ireland generated more than 1.1 million tonnes of packaging waste in 2019, an increase of 11 per cent on 2018. It is the third year in a row that 1 mi(...)

Minister of State with special responsibility for the Circular Economy Ossian Smyth and Repak Team Green ambassador Roz Purcell: soft plastic packaging can  be thrown into your recycling bin. Photograph: Brian Arthur

In a radical overhaul of waste management in Ireland, all plastic packaging waste including soft plastics can now be placed in household recycling bin(...)

Reuse specialist Dr Sarah Miller says washing machine manufacturers will charge by wash – maintaining ownership of the product, but also responsibility for its reuse. File photograph: iStock

The language used in the announcement from the Department of the Environment on Tuesday evening was not of the type that grabs headlines, with talk o(...)

Over 81,000 tonnes of packaging waste is expected to be generated in Ireland over the Christmas period. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Over 81,000 tonnes of packaging waste is expected to be generated in Ireland over the Christmas period, a seven per cent rise on the 2019 season, acco(...)

Aran Islands Co-op Recycling Project members pictured with (second from left) Minister for Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton

The Aran Islands Co-op Recycling Project has been awarded the top prize at the 2019 Pakman Awards for its work transforming waste and recycling infras(...)

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(...)

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