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# Rubbish

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2022
# Nonsense
Roy Keane dismisses West Brom speculation as 'absolute rubbish'
The Championship outfit sacked manager Steve Bruce after just eight months in charge.
# clean oceans
New pilot scheme will collect old fishing gear to reduce waste in Irish seas
The announcement was made to coincide with World Oceans Day.
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# recycling
Urgent action needed over 'worryingly low' plastic packaging recycling rates, says EPA
There’s “significant cause for concern” from these figures according to an EPA Senior Scientist.
# 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.
# Rubbish
There's been an increase in coffee-cup and PPE litter since the pandemic began
While the survey indicated that the majority of towns deteriorated during the pandemic, Kilkenny maintained its “pristine condition”.
# Rubbish
EPA warns 'single-use and throwaway culture' leading to significant waste levels and decline in recycling
Recycling of packaging waste has declined from 70% in 2013 to 64% in 2018.
# Dublin City Council
'Really disappointing', 'it's not right': Dumping in Dublin has increased during the Covid-19 shutdown
Local authorities in the cities of Dublin, Galway, and Waterford have reported increases in illegal dumping in the past three weeks.
# Rubbish
Debunked: 'No substance whatsoever' to WhatsApp voicenote claiming Ireland is going into 'Status Red' lockdown
The Defence Forces has dismissed the widely-shared message as “irresponsible”.
# Criticism
Zouma: Mourinho told me I was rubbish at Chelsea
The French defender worked with the Portuguese boss during the latter’s second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge.
# 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.
# 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.’
# knockharley
Concern over proposal for 'massive' increase in waste intake at Meath landfill
The planning application proposes an increase in the waste intake from 88,000 tonnes a year to 440,000 a year.
# Prime Numbers
How much waste was dumped in the Wicklow and Dublin mountains after Christmas? It's the week in numbers
Plus: The litres of alcohol seized by Revenue officers at Dublin Port.
# flytipping
13 tonnes of waste dumped over Wicklow and Dublin mountains after Christmas
Last year the Pure project removed 160 tonnes of illegal waste from these areas.
# sustainability
Steel cups and banning plastic cutlery: How music festivals are trying to combat waste
Litter is a big problem at many festivals.
# Illegal dumping
Just 93 prosecutions after 6,000 rubbish bags dumped in Dublin city's 'worst litter blackspot'
The area is thought to be the most littered part of Dublin.
# Litter
'A minority spoiling it for everyone': Increase in rubbish left in Dublin and Wicklow mountains during hot spell
Volunteers who have been clearing the litter have found whole campsites left behind by people who stayed overnight.
# cleaning up
6,000 bags of rubbish were illegally dumped in Dublin's inner city last year
Already this year, eight fines have been given out to people identified after council staff searched rubbish bags.
# pilot project
Illegal dumping being tackled through Eircodes investigation
Sligo County Council launched the new pilot project in March.
# Grand Canal
Dublin City Council received 19 complaints on Friday about litter
A senator said that she was “disgusted” at images of Dublin’s canal after Friday and Saturday night.
# Ringaskiddy
Decision on €160 million Cork incinerator deferred for a tenth time
An Bord Pleanala says a decision will be made within three months.
# Rubbish
'Why are you throwing away so many chips?': How east Cork is tackling its food waste
A new initiative is helping businesses move towards a zero food waste strategy.
# Gotcha
Prosecutions for illegal dumping expected after covert CCTV operations in Wicklow and Dublin
These operations were run by the Pure project, which has been running for the last ten years.
# smelly
'I've had enough': Hundreds of complaints about foul odours across the country
Many of the complaints related to the burning of rubbish by their neighbours.
# Rubbish
Irish rugby player Ian Madigan delivered a serious burn when someone gave out about women referees
“Did you watch the game live or on TV?”
# Rubbish
'You have to fight for them to do anything': North Dublin residents slam council over illegal dumping
Residents have been told the laneway is not the responsibility of the council.
# friends of the earth
People encouraged to bring camping gear home from Electric Picnic
The 55,000 people who attended the festival will generate at least 400 tonnes of waste.
# baldoyle
Armed gardaí join forces with Fingal County Council to target illegal dumpers
The council said the aim of checkpoints in Baldoyle was to identify unauthorised and bogus refuse collectors and their clients.
# litterbugs
This Cork village claims it could raise €19,000 per day if it fines everyone who litters
Glounthaune village sees 130 littering offences every day.
# utter rubbish
'Dignity in the House': TD presents a bag of his plastic household waste in the Dáil
“We are in the House of Parliament on national television,” cried out the Leas Ceann Comhairle.
# Going Green
Almost 600,000 tonnes of packaging were recycled in Ireland last year
There was a significant increase in the level of plastic recycled.
# anti-austerity protests
Rubbish is piling up on Athens' streets as temperatures soar
Greek workers are protesting against staff shortages that have resulted from terminating hundreds of short-term contracts.
# Litter
Irish beaches left covered in rubbish after thousands soaked up the sun
Broken bottles, dirty nappies, discarded shoes, towels and backpacks were left behind on a Cork beach.
# body and soul
Leave your tent behind at festivals? Here's why you shouldn't
They usually end up in landfills, and are very difficult to recycle or incinerate.
# Rubbish
Farmers use maggots to tackle China's mountain of food waste
There is a lot of money to be made from maggot animal feed and manure.
# firing up
The controversial Poolbeg incinerator has taken its first delivery of waste
The facility will fire up this weekend.
# Lilywhiter than white
Kildare is Ireland's cleanest town
A number of towns, including Bray, Castlebar and the cities of Dublin, Limerick and Galway are considered littered.
# smart bins
How this Dublin suburb managed to become the cleanest area in Ireland
Well over half of its area is completely unpolluted by litter, well ahead of its nearest competitors.
# Litter
Dublin could be getting 800 new solar-powered smart rubbish bins
The bins compact the litter so they can hold more.