Poor Results For Ireland in Waste Management

A new report on how Member States manage their municipal waste shows that Ireland still has a long way to go. The Irish results are remarkably poor in areas such as decoupling of waste from consumption, access to waste collection services and the rate of waste going to landfills. Scoring 19 out of 42 points … Read more

UK AD Sector Could Expand by More Than 800% in Next 8 Years

Anaerobic digestion plants that turn waste and purpose grown crops into energy have the potential to power more than 2.5 million UK homes by 2020, a new report by CentreForum suggests. Yet the think tank warns that this vision will only be realised if certain barriers to sector growth and development are removed. The report … Read more

Some EU Member States are Making Waste a Resource

Top performing EU Member States have recycling rates of up to 70 % and bury virtually nothing, whilst others still landfill more than three-quarters of their waste. A new report from the European Commission explains that by combining economic instruments the best performers have turned waste from a problem into a resource. A mix of landfilling … Read more

Landfill Accounts For Majority of Municipal Waste Treated in the EU27

In the EU27, 502 kg of municipal waste was generated per person in 2010, while 486 kg of municipal waste was treated per person. This municipal waste was treated in different ways – 38% was landfilled, 22% incinerated, 25% recycled and 15% composted. The amount of municipal waste generated varies significantly across Member States. Cyprus, … Read more

Repak Welcomes Strong Packaging Recycling Trends

Repak Ireland has welcomed the findings on packaging recycling contained in ‘Environmental Indicators Ireland 2012’, the report just published by the CSO, which highlights Ireland’s ever improving approach to the recycling of packaging. It is part of a detailed piece of research, by the CSO, based around environmental data. Dr Andrew Hetherington, chief executive of … Read more

Nestle Introduces 100% Recyclable Packaging For Easter Eggs

Nestle Ireland is the first major confectioner to announce its entire Easter egg packaging is 100% recyclable by replacing rigid plastic with cardboard in its mug eggs. With Easter eggs creating 375,000 kilos of waste in Ireland each year, the manufacturer of Smarties, Kit Kat and Aero Easter eggs, has become the first major confectioner … Read more

Ireland Has Fourth Highest Municipal Waste Per Person in EU27

In Ireland, 636 kg of municipal waste was generated per person in 2010, the fourth highest in the EU. 57% of this waste was landfilled, 4% was incinerated, 35% was recycled and 4% was composted. In the EU27 overall, 502 kg of municipal waste1 was generated per person in 2010, while 486 kg of municipal … Read more

Recycling Company Calls For Landfill Ban on Mattresses

Envirogreen Recycling is urging Phil Hogan TD, the Minister for Environment, to place a blanket ban on mattresses being land filled. Industry figures indicate that in the region of 800,000 mattresses and beds annually are being sent to landfills throughout the country. According to Envirogreen Recycling 100% of the components of mattress can be recycled … Read more

Scotland Reduces Waste to Landfill by Over a Third

The amount of waste from Scottish homes and businesses being landfilled has dropped by almost 36% in the past five years, with the amount of waste generated falling and waste recycling increasing.  Between 2005 and 2009, the total amount of waste generated fell by 22%, according to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in its annual … Read more

Producing Biofuel From Waste Crisps and Pies

Greenergy, a privately owned company that supplies one fifth of Britain’s road fuel, has begun producing biodiesel from food waste. In a unique partnership with Brocklesby, a specialist in recycling edible oils, unsaleable food products such as crisps and pies, which would previously have gone to landfill or compost, are now being converted for biofuel … Read more