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# plastic - Saturday 22 January, 2022

Targets for recycling plastic packaging will be 'extremely challenging' - so how do we do it?
# Environment
# Environment

Targets for recycling plastic packaging will be 'extremely challenging' - so how do we do it?

Jan 22nd 2022, 1:00 PM 13,019 Views 21 Comments

50% of plastic packaging waste needs to be recycled by 2025. The latest figures show only 22.5% is.

# plastic - Friday 14 January, 2022

Elephants dying from eating plastic waste in Sri Lankan dump, conservationists warn
# Sri Lanka
# Sri Lanka

Elephants dying from eating plastic waste in Sri Lankan dump, conservationists warn

Jan 14th 2022, 1:56 PM 16,114 Views 21 Comments

Around 20 elephants have died over the last eight years after consuming plastic trash in the dump.

# plastic - Friday 22 October, 2021

Opinion: If we don't act now on plastic pollution, we will run out of choices
# Plastic Or Planet?
# Plastic Or Planet?

Opinion: If we don't act now on plastic pollution, we will run out of choices

Updated Oct 22nd 2021, 2:10 PM 14,807 Views 34 Comments

Lyndsey O’Connell of the Sick of Plastic campaign outlines just how destructive this material is and offers simple ways to avoid using it.

# plastic - Tuesday 7 September, 2021

Soft plastic: How much of it will actually be recycled and what difference will it make?
# Rubbish
# Rubbish

Soft plastic: How much of it will actually be recycled and what difference will it make?

Sep 7th 2021, 7:00 PM 23,099 Views 14 Comments

Soft plastics can now be put in household recycling bins.

# plastic - Tuesday 3 August, 2021

Levy on disposable coffee cups to be introduced in coming months
# Waste
# Waste

Levy on disposable coffee cups to be introduced in coming months

Aug 3rd 2021, 10:12 AM 35,923 Views 74 Comments

The fee could be introduced later this year or early next year.

# plastic - Saturday 3 July, 2021

Poll: Do you make efforts to reduce how much plastics you buy?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Do you make efforts to reduce how much plastics you buy?

Jul 3rd 2021, 10:30 AM 25,077 Views 68 Comments

An EU directive restricting certain single-use plastic products being placed on the Irish market is now in effect.

# plastic - Sunday 13 December, 2020

Poll: Will you try to limit your waste this Christmas?
# Poll
# Poll

Poll: Will you try to limit your waste this Christmas?

Dec 13th 2020, 11:22 AM 26,278 Views 29 Comments

Limiting waste isn’t always at the top of the priority list at Christmas.

# plastic - Saturday 12 December, 2020

Opinion: Why the planet needs us to cut our consumption this Christmas
# Festive Waste
# Festive Waste

Opinion: Why the planet needs us to cut our consumption this Christmas

Dec 12th 2020, 8:00 PM 14,621 Views 23 Comments

Environmental campaigner Lyndsey O’Connell explains how our online festive shopping habits are leading to an excess of cardboard and plastic waste.

# plastic - Wednesday 19 August, 2020

Poll: Have you made efforts to use less plastic in your daily life?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Have you made efforts to use less plastic in your daily life?

Aug 19th 2020, 9:40 AM 22,685 Views 66 Comments

Plastic levels in the Atlantic Ocean are likely to be much higher than previous estimates suggested.

# plastic - Tuesday 18 August, 2020

Plastic in the Atlantic Ocean is far beyond levels previously estimated
# Pollution
# Pollution

Plastic in the Atlantic Ocean is far beyond levels previously estimated

Aug 18th 2020, 10:51 PM 30,222 Views 40 Comments

Researchers believe plastic levels in the Atlantic are ten times higher than previous estimates suggest.

# plastic - Thursday 14 November, 2019

McDonald's to trial recycling unwanted plastic toys into new products such as coffee cups
# Recycling
# Recycling

McDonald's to trial recycling unwanted plastic toys into new products such as coffee cups

Nov 14th 2019, 9:17 AM 15,069 Views 64 Comments

The initial trial will run for four weeks in seven restaurants in the UK and Ireland.

# plastic - Monday 30 September, 2019

Ireland's first reverse vending machine allows people to recycle plastic bottles in return for 10c vouchers
# Monaghan
# Monaghan

Ireland's first reverse vending machine allows people to recycle plastic bottles in return for 10c vouchers

Sep 30th 2019, 9:16 PM 48,119 Views 39 Comments

The machine is located in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan.

# plastic - Friday 30 August, 2019

Is it really possible to live a zero waste life? I tried for a week (and did a terrible job)
# No Waste
# No Waste

Is it really possible to live a zero waste life? I tried for a week (and did a terrible job)

Aug 30th 2019, 9:49 AM 20,030 Views 23 Comments

It is definitely possible to significantly reduce your day-to-day waste … but it’s harder than it sounds.

# plastic - Saturday 17 August, 2019

Beloved Thai dugong found dead with plastic in her stomach
# Marium
# Marium

Beloved Thai dugong found dead with plastic in her stomach

Aug 17th 2019, 2:13 PM 84,259 Views 20 Comments

Marium’s story went viral after she washed ashore in Thailand earlier this year.

# plastic - Thursday 15 August, 2019

Microplastics found in Arctic and Alps after being carried by wind and snow, scientists warn
# Microplastics
# Microplastics

Microplastics found in Arctic and Alps after being carried by wind and snow, scientists warn

Aug 15th 2019, 5:43 PM 10,551 Views 17 Comments

The researchers have called for urgent research to assess the health risks of inhalation.

# plastic - Thursday 1 August, 2019

Poll: Should Ireland ban all single-use plastics?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should Ireland ban all single-use plastics?

Aug 1st 2019, 9:30 AM 31,222 Views 85 Comments

Awareness of how much plastic we use and throw away in Ireland has been growing in recent years.

# plastic - Wednesday 31 July, 2019

'We need to leave the throwaway culture behind': Could Ireland really go plastic free by 2029?
# Ireland 2029
# Ireland 2029

'We need to leave the throwaway culture behind': Could Ireland really go plastic free by 2029?

Jul 31st 2019, 9:10 AM 14,716 Views 71 Comments

We bash out the pros and cons on episode six of Ireland 2029.

# plastic - Tuesday 30 July, 2019

Irish teenager wins global science award for removing microplastics from water
# Oceans
# Oceans

Irish teenager wins global science award for removing microplastics from water

Jul 30th 2019, 7:43 AM 449,481 Views 44 Comments

Fionn Ferreira from Cork received a €45,000 bursary.

# plastic - Tuesday 9 July, 2019

'We cannot be radical enough': David Attenborough calls for drastic climate change action
# Tough Talking
# Tough Talking

'We cannot be radical enough': David Attenborough calls for drastic climate change action

Jul 9th 2019, 1:45 PM 35,034 Views 61 Comments

Naturalist David Attenborough appeared today before British MPs to discuss climate change.

# plastic - Thursday 27 June, 2019

Ireland surpasses all EU recycling targets including plastics, glass and metal
# Flying The Green Flag
# Flying The Green Flag

Ireland surpasses all EU recycling targets including plastics, glass and metal

Jun 27th 2019, 3:00 PM 21,722 Views 54 Comments

Ireland currently recycles 33% of all plastics, which needs to rise to 50% in 2025 and 55% by 2030 to meet EU targets.

# plastic - Wednesday 12 June, 2019

Poll: Should Ireland ban all single-use plastics by 2021?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should Ireland ban all single-use plastics by 2021?

Jun 12th 2019, 8:18 AM 35,704 Views 73 Comments

The Canadian Prime Minister has promised to ban single-use plastics “where supported by scientific evidence and warranted.”

# plastic - Monday 10 June, 2019

Canada is planning to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021
# Recycling
# Recycling

Canada is planning to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021

Jun 10th 2019, 5:13 PM 10,126 Views 10 Comments

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement today.

# plastic - Saturday 11 May, 2019

Landmark pact to regulate plastic waste signed by 180 nations - but not the US
# United Nations
# United Nations

Landmark pact to regulate plastic waste signed by 180 nations - but not the US

May 11th 2019, 4:45 PM 15,453 Views 37 Comments

The framework “is historic in the sense that it is legally binding, said Rolph Payet of the United Nations Environment Programme.

# plastic - Wednesday 10 April, 2019

Lidl says it's introducing in-store recycling stations across the country
# Recycling
# Recycling

Lidl says it's introducing in-store recycling stations across the country

Apr 10th 2019, 10:00 PM 32,375 Views 30 Comments

The supermarket chain said that recycling stations will rolled out next month.

# plastic - Friday 4 January, 2019

Government and schools will no longer buy single-use plastic cups, cutlery and straws
# Environment
# Environment

Government and schools will no longer buy single-use plastic cups, cutlery and straws

Updated Jan 4th 2019, 2:42 PM 27,872 Views 56 Comments

The Green Party has said the ban only addresses “the lowest of the low-hanging fruit”.

# plastic - Sunday 18 November, 2018

Wet wipes and sanitary products cause over 500 sewage blockages every month
# Plastic Problem
# Plastic Problem

Wet wipes and sanitary products cause over 500 sewage blockages every month

Nov 18th 2018, 12:00 PM 62,754 Views 51 Comments

The problem costs €7 million per year to address.

# plastic - Wednesday 7 November, 2018

'Single-use': Term used to refer to throw away plastic named Collins word of the year 2018
# Trash Talk
# Trash Talk

'Single-use': Term used to refer to throw away plastic named Collins word of the year 2018

Nov 7th 2018, 10:01 AM 8,703 Views 13 Comments

‘Single-use’describes items whose unchecked proliferation are blamed for damaging the environment.

# plastic - Monday 5 November, 2018

Review begins as 70kg of plastic debris recovered in Dún Laoghaire baths clear-up
# Dublin Coast
# Dublin Coast

Review begins as 70kg of plastic debris recovered in Dún Laoghaire baths clear-up

Nov 5th 2018, 9:20 PM 30,643 Views 17 Comments

One local said that little plastic pins were “all over the Forty Foot, all the way up to the swimming baths”.

# plastic - Sunday 4 November, 2018

Poll: Do you use plastic bottles?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Do you use plastic bottles?

Nov 4th 2018, 10:05 AM 31,297 Views 86 Comments

Several Dublin councils plan to install public water fountains in order to reduce the use of single-use plastics.

# plastic - Saturday 27 October, 2018

New EU rules aim to cut down on amount of bottled water people drink
# Plastic
# Plastic

New EU rules aim to cut down on amount of bottled water people drink

Oct 27th 2018, 2:22 PM 21,964 Views 33 Comments

On average, every person in the EU consumes up to 106 litres of bottled water every year.

# plastic - Sunday 7 October, 2018

Poll: Do you make efforts to reduce how much single-use plastics you buy?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Do you make efforts to reduce how much single-use plastics you buy?

Oct 7th 2018, 9:57 AM 17,953 Views 47 Comments

Lidl has confirmed that by next year it will have discontinued the sale of single-use plastics in its Irish stores.

Lidl Ireland won't be selling single-use plastics after next year
# Environment
# Environment

Lidl Ireland won't be selling single-use plastics after next year

Oct 7th 2018, 8:00 AM 42,056 Views 39 Comments

But they aren’t going as far as their stores in the UK just yet.

# plastic - Wednesday 19 September, 2018

To reach EU targets Ireland needs to increase its plastic recycling by 80%
# OFF TARGET
# OFF TARGET

To reach EU targets Ireland needs to increase its plastic recycling by 80%

Sep 19th 2018, 3:15 PM 7,217 Views 43 Comments

According to Repak, Ireland’s plastic recycling must increase to 175,000 tonnes by 2030 to reach new EU targets.

# plastic - Sunday 2 September, 2018

Researchers say plastic is 'indispensable' so they're trying to make it more sustainable
# Food Waste
# Food Waste

Researchers say plastic is 'indispensable' so they're trying to make it more sustainable

Sep 2nd 2018, 8:00 AM 12,382 Views 20 Comments

Some 500,000 tonnes of plastic waste from the EU end up in the sea every year.

# plastic - Saturday 18 August, 2018

Steel cups and banning plastic cutlery: How music festivals are trying to combat waste
# Sustainability
# Sustainability

Steel cups and banning plastic cutlery: How music festivals are trying to combat waste

Aug 18th 2018, 11:00 AM 17,380 Views 27 Comments

Litter is a big problem at many festivals.

# plastic - Monday 13 August, 2018

Poll: Should plastic bottles be banned from Irish beaches?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should plastic bottles be banned from Irish beaches?

Aug 13th 2018, 9:44 AM 32,244 Views 124 Comments

40% of Irish rivers, beaches and harbours were littered or heavily littered, according to a new survey.

# plastic - Monday 16 July, 2018

Ikea is getting rid of single-use straws from its stores and restaurants
# Clutching At Straws
# Clutching At Straws

Ikea is getting rid of single-use straws from its stores and restaurants

Jul 16th 2018, 12:57 PM 9,624 Views 25 Comments

The company aims to remove all single-use plastic products by 2020.

# plastic - Sunday 8 July, 2018

The global war on plastic has left manufacturers rethinking their straw productions
# Plastic Waste
# Plastic Waste

The global war on plastic has left manufacturers rethinking their straw productions

Jul 8th 2018, 12:00 PM 17,563 Views 30 Comments

Eight million tonnes of plastic are dumped into the Earth’s oceans and seas each year.

# plastic - Friday 15 June, 2018

McDonald's to replace plastic straws with paper ones in Irish restaurants
# Recycle
# Recycle

McDonald's to replace plastic straws with paper ones in Irish restaurants

Jun 15th 2018, 10:04 AM 13,055 Views 41 Comments

McDonald’s will begin the process of transferring to paper straws from September.

# plastic - Monday 28 May, 2018

Plastic straws, cutlery and cotton buds could be banned across the EU
# Marine Litter
# Marine Litter

Plastic straws, cutlery and cotton buds could be banned across the EU

May 28th 2018, 3:23 PM 15,389 Views 38 Comments

Some 500,000 tonnes of plastic waste from the EU end up in the sea every year.

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