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# plastic waste

Last month
January 2023
# plastic waste
England to ban single-use plastic cutlery and plates two years after EU
Ireland, along with other EU members, introduced a similar move in 2021.
Last year
2022
# Recyling
Deposit-return scheme on bottles and cans to start rolling out in shops
A 15c deposit will apply to cans and bottles up to 500ml and a 25c deposit on those over 500ml.
All time
Voices
Opinion: Recycling soft plastics is fine but we must simply stop using them
Mindy O’Brien says the changes to the recycling of plastics should not mean a ‘get out of jail free’ card for plastic manufacturers and businesses.
# Rubbish
Soft plastic: How much of it will actually be recycled and what difference will it make?
Soft plastics can now be put in household recycling bins.
# plastic waste
Straws, cutlery and cotton buds among single-use plastics banned from tomorrow
The EU directive was agreed upon in 2019.
Voices
Opinion: Why the planet needs us to cut our consumption this Christmas
Environmental campaigner Lyndsey O’Connell explains how our online festive shopping habits are leading to an excess of cardboard and plastic waste.
# Eamon Ryan
Ban on some single-use plastic and levy on disposable cups: The government's plan to tackle waste
The five-year plan aims to “place Ireland at the vanguard of EU efforts”.
# plastic waste
Dublin councillor proposes ban on sale of takeaway single-use plastics
The by-law will be available for public consultation soon.
# plastic waste
Deer found dead with 7kg of plastic bags, underwear and towels in stomach in Thailand
Plastic bags containing coffee grounds, instant noodle packs and other items were found in the deer’s stomach.
# name and shame
Minister to set out the 'good from the bad' in how supermarkets tackle plastic waste
Minister Richard Bruton said he has met with all supermarket chains about reducing their waste.
# ireland 2029
'Can we get away from plastics? No. Can we use plastics better? Yes.'
In the latest episode of Ireland 2029, we’ve looked at the country going plastic free before the end of the next decade.
# Porcupine Bank Canyon
Irish researchers find plastic in 2km-deep underwater canyon, 320 km from land
‘It really is shocking to find plastic waste so far off-shore and so deep in the ocean.’
Voices
Simply refusing a straw with your cocktail isn't going to do much to reduce the world's plastic consumption
A ban on single-use plastics in Ireland won’t make a dent in ocean plastic pollution, while just five developing nations are the source of most of the pollution, writes Barry Dunning.
# clean oceans
New plan to use Irish fishing trawlers to remove plastic from oceans
Planned on-shore and on-board facilities could help solve the problem.
# plastic waste
The global war on plastic has left manufacturers rethinking their straw productions
Eight million tonnes of plastic are dumped into the Earth’s oceans and seas each year.
# the last straw
Westport to become Ireland's first plastic straw-free town
Pubs are already on board the initiative which is part of their entry into the 2018 Tidy Towns competition.
# Your Say
Poll: Should a deposit be charged on single use bottles and cans?
Similar schemes are already in place in Germany, Sweden and Denmark.