Guidance for Irish Consumers on Deposit Return Scheme

Ireland’s Deposit Return Scheme is live. The operator of the nationwide scheme, Re-turn, has the following guidance for consumers.  What will I pay?   A deposit of 15 cents will apply to each drinks container from 150ml – 500mls and a deposit of 25 cents for drinks containers over 500ml to 3 litres.     How will I get […]

Irish Beverage Council and Drinks Ireland welcome the launch of Ireland’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS)

The Irish Beverage Council and Drinks Ireland, the Ibec groups representing the non-alcohol and alcohol beverage industries on the Island of Ireland, welcome the launch of the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in Ireland, following a long-term constructive and dynamic partnership across industry, Government, and NGOs. DRS represents a significant change in how beverage manufacturers, retailers, […]

EPA’s Review of 2023 showcases work to address environmental challenges

In 2023 the EPA: Carried out over 1,200 inspections of industrial and waste facilities, along with 205 urban waste water and 154 drinking water site inspections. Obtained 19 convictions for environmental offences. Monitored more than 2,500 waterbodies – with data showing no significant improvement in water quality – largely caused by high nutrient levels. Provided […]

The evidence is clear: Climate change is happening – EPA

Ireland’s Climate Change Assessment is the first comprehensive and authoritative assessment of the state of knowledge of climate change in Ireland. We are living in and experiencing a changing climate. In line with global trends, 16 of the 20 warmest years in Ireland have occurred since 1990. More action is needed to meet Ireland’s legally binding emissions […]

Guidance for Irish Consumers Ahead of February’s Deposit Return Scheme Introduction

Ireland’s Deposit Return Scheme goes live on 1 February 2024.  From this date onwards, when consumers purchase a drink in a plastic bottle or aluminium can that features the Re-turn logo, they will pay a fully refundable deposit in addition to the price of the drink. The operator of the nationwide scheme, Re-turn, has some […]

FAQ on Ireland’s Deposit and Return Scheme from Re-turn

Ireland’s Deposit Return Scheme is going live on February 1st, 2024. Re-turn is the designated not-for-profit organisation responsible for administrating Ireland’s Deposit and Return Scheme. It plays a pivotal role in guiding retailers, producers, and consumers through the scheme’s processes and ensuring its effective implementation. You can find the scheme’s FAQ on the official website: https://re-turn.ie/ . There are […]

Don’t let a Greasy Grinch spoil your Christmas #ThinkB4UPour

As the holiday season approaches and our kitchens take centre stage, Clean Coasts, in collaboration with Uisce Éireann, urges you to think twice before pouring fats, oils, and greases down the sink to prevent blockages in your wastewater pipes. This Christmas and New Year keep the Greasy Grinch out of your home and ‘Think Before […]

Ireland is expected to generate over 100,000 tonnes of packaging waste this Christmas

Ireland is expected to generate over 100,000 tonnes of packaging waste this Christmas, a 4% increase on last year  ·       Research reveals 49% of people consider sustainability when purchasing Christmas presents  ·       92% of those surveyed agreed that they make a conscious effort to recycle packaging items correctly   ·       When it comes to reducing and […]

Solar for Schools Programme Commencement Announced

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, Ossian Smyth, have launched the commencement of the first phase of the Solar for Schools Programme. It will provide eligible schools with 6 kilowatts of roof-mounted solar PV, which equates to approximately 16 solar panels. The […]

Recycling rates slow as Ireland off track to meet key targets

Ireland’s economy remains linear with waste generation continuing to rise. Recycling rates are not keeping pace with increasing levels of waste generation. Ireland is off track to meet mandatory EU recycling targets set to apply from 2025 for municipal waste, packaging waste and plastic packaging waste. These targets are set to progress the circular economy […]

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