Sorting through mixed dry recyclables at Park West Business Park, Dublin 12. People have to be employed to remove contaminants, an added cost for waste companies. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

What is acceptable to put in a household green bin varies almost as much as where the waste eventually ends up. All waste providers allow(...)

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(...)

Yet monitoring of air quality within the home is scant compared with the outdoor environment. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Striv(...)

Twenty-one Irish bathing spots have been stripped of top marks for water quality because of last year’s record wet summer, environment watchdog(...)

Climate change is a worthy issue which most of us feel we should be deeply concerned about - but not just yet. In the cosy Western World,(...)

Donal O'Riain: criticised cement  sector over environmental damage

The traditional cement sector in Ireland has reacted angrily to the claim from Ecocem managing director Donal O’Riain t(...)

Valley Mills fire department personnel walk among the remains of an apartment complex next to the fertilizer plant that exploded on Wednesday in the town of West in Texas. Photograph:  Erich Schlegel/Getty Images

Skeletons of buildings, gutted, with debris hanging off them; doors ripped off homes with twisted porches and full of rubble: after a powerful (...)

Shell said the accidental severing of a gas pipe at its plant at Ballinaboy, Co Mayo, posed “no danger to the environment” and the company was investigating the circumstances. File photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland.

Shell E&P Ireland has said it is conducting an internal investigation, following the inadvertent cutting of a gas pipe at (...)

The Cuadrilla shale fracking facility in Preston, Lancashire. Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte has said the economic impact of the shale revolution in the United States should not be underestimated when considering the controversial extraction methods of hydraulic fracturing or fracking.

Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte has said the economic impact of the shale revolution in the United States should not b(...)

Fingal County Council issued 1,158 litter fines in 2012, of which just 424, or 37 per cent, were paid.  Photograph: David Sleator

Fingal County Council is owed more than €110,000 in outstanding litter fines from 2012, although an official has admitted they(...)

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