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# plastics

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Soft plastics can now be placed in Irish recycling bins
All plastics can now be placed in the household recycling bin once they are clean, dry and loose
Race to prevent environmental disaster as chemicals ship sinks off Sri Lanka
The Singapore-flagged MV X-Press Pearl started sinking off Colombo after authorities extinguished a fire that raged on the vessel for 12 days.
Mandatory brown bin collections could be introduced under new waste strategy
The government will also examine expanding the range of items allowed in the green bin and banning bulky waste from landfill.
Minister to set out the 'good from the bad' in how supermarkets tackle plastic waste
Minister Richard Bruton said he has met with all supermarket chains about reducing their waste.
No private plane, no plastics as Lewis Hamilton declares: 'I'm only human'
The five-time world champion is on the brink of possibly claiming a sixth title at this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.
Single-use plastics ban Bill aims to put biodegradable packaging on supermarket shelves
This Bill would leapfrog over the government’s strategy, which Fianna Fáil has said is slow to materialise.
'It benefits ourselves and the environment': Seabin that collects plastic waste is launched in Howth Harbour
The initiative was started by local Rowan Byrne and saw a crowdfunding effort to make it happen.
'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.
Law to ban microbeads in Ireland set to be published
Microbeads are mostly used in some soaps, shower gels and facial scrubs.
'This will shock people': The underwater garden with a warning about plastics in our oceans
The garden is on show at Bloom Festival, which runs from 30 May to 3 June.
'Ambitious' single-use plastic straws and cutlery ban approved by European Council
This was the final step in adopting the single-use products ban, which will come into force in Ireland by 2021.
FactCheck: Are supermarkets required to accept plastic packaging, if you leave it at the checkout?
Supermarkets have pledged that they take extensive efforts at recycling, but do they have to accept if you want to leave them behind?
The government is declaring war in 2019 (on single-use plastics)
Unnecessary use of the plastics will be completely banned in the public sector.
The Ocean Cleanup project sails out to sweep Pacific plastic
The ambitious project hopes to clean up half of an infamous garbage patch within five years.
Ireland set to ban plastic microbeads as Cabinet approves drafting of new law
Microbeads are mostly used in some soaps, shower gels and facial scrubs to exfoliate your skin.
Minister calls on supermarkets to reduce the use of non-recyclable plastic packaging for fruit and veg
Minister Denis Naughten is currently considering a range of environmental levies on single-use plastic products.
Gannets on Little Skellig are using plastic to build their nests
Use of plastic by the 70,000 or so gannets in the colony has “become obvious”.
Poll: Are you making efforts to reduce how much plastics you buy?
A new Irish study has found that most deepwater fish in the north-west Atlantic have ingested plastic particles arising from pollution.
China took 95% of Ireland's plastic waste - but now it's changed its mind and we're in trouble
Ireland is the top producer of plastic waste in the European Union.
How and why three guys in their 20s launched a canned water brand
CanO Water has also started shipping to China and the Czech Republic.
Irish scientists aim to use seaweed to sustainably create bioplastics
Right now, the production of these materials requires food stuffs like corn, wheat, sugar beets, and sugar cane.
Famous works of art...recreated with buttons
and beads, and shells, and barbies, and curtain hooks…
Over 150 firefighters tackle blaze in plastic factory
Around 100,000 tonnes of material on fire at recycling plant in Smethwick, England.