Olympics Clean-up is a Winner For Ryans Cleaning

Tipperary firm Ryans Cleaning has delivered its own winning performance at the London Olympics having cleaned up more than 550 tonnes of waste left in Hyde Park and Victoria Park, where more than a million visitors passed through over the two-week spectacular. During the course of the two weeks, Ryans employed more than 3,600 staff … Read more

Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt Awarded Gold Standard at Green Hospitality Awards

Following the Silver award received by The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt in 2010, a Gold Standard recognition was this year awarded to the hotel by the Green Hospitality Awards on account of the improvements made by the hotel and the Environmental Action Plan focusing on energy, waste and water management. Environmental upgrades at the hotel include increasing … Read more

Public Consultation on New National Waste Policy

The Government has published a discussion document for public consultation concerning the development of a new national waste policy. The Programme for Government commits to putting in place a national waste policy that will adhere to the EU waste hierarchy and deliver a coherent approach to waste management, minimising the waste going to landfill and … 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

Clare County Council’s 2011 Environmental Inspection Plan

The Environment Section of Clare County Council has announced details of its annual environmental inspection plan which sets out a planned work programme aimed at maintaining and enhancing County Clare’s natural environment. The Plan sets out the inspection criteria for environmental inspections across all of the environment work areas including water, waste, air quality, noise … Read more

Castlebar is First Institute of Technology to be Awarded a Green Flag

GMIT Castlebar is the first Institute of Technology campus in Ireland to be awarded a Green Flag. The award follows three years of diligent work undertaken by students and staff since commencing the Green-Campus Programme in 2008. The Green-Campus Programme is an international environmental education and award scheme that promotes long term, whole college action … Read more

Free Energy Master Classes Light the Way to Cutting Energy Costs

Businesses can cut energy, waste and water costs by up to 50% below the Irish average by implementing efficient environmental strategies, according to the Green Hospitality Programme (GHP). The GHP is calling on businesses to be more aware of the opportunities available to them if they ‘go green’. The GHP, an Irish certification programme designed … Read more

Registration Date Extended For ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 2011

The number of groups from around Ireland and Northern Ireland participating in the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 2011 has increased by 40% compared to last year. To mark this increased interest, and give even more young people the chance to get involved in what is set to be Ireland’s biggest ever celebration of Eco-Action, ECO-UNESCO … Read more

Transition to a Green European Economy Offers Substantial Benefits

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has launched its fourth Environment State and Outlook report (SOER 2010). This report provides an overview of the state of Europe’s environment, how and why it is changing, and what we are doing about it. The Environmental Protection Agency provided Ireland’s input into the SOER 2010 analysis through the EPA’s … Read more

Second European Week of Waste Reduction – November 20th-28th, 2010

The second European Week for Waste Reduction runs from 20th to 28th November 2010. The idea of the European Week for Waste Reduction is to raise awareness about the waste reduction strategies of EU and Member States, and to encourage behaviour changes to promote more sustainable consumption and production. Thirty organising authorities across 16 different … Read more