Last week, the world celebrated Earth Day. April 22nd marks the anniversary of this modern environmental movement that began back in 1970.
The idea was formed by U.S Senator, Gaylord Nelson after witnessing the massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. In 1990 Earth Day went global, mobilising 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage.
The Irish Government has launched a new food waste initiative to halve the food waste dumped here every year by 2030. This initiative was put in place by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten.
The initiative includes leading retailers, who will be asked to agree changes in policy and practice that have an impact on cutting down food waste. According to the Indpendent.ie ‘around 40% of wastage comes from food production, while 60% comes from the household and commercial sector.
St. Patrick’s Day is nearly upon us. Barna Recycling will be collecting bins as normal this Friday the 17th March. Please make sure to put your bins out the night before as some areas may be serviced earlier than usual due to the St. Patrick’s Day parades.
A recent news report from RTÉ has indicated that 160 containers of recycling bin waste was returned to Ireland from Rotterdam last month. The waste was en route to paper mills in China but was sent back due to contamination. The waste was returned for containing a mix of paper, cardboard, plastic and other materials. The Department of Environment will be launching a public awareness campaign in the coming weeks to encourage further waste segregation.
In a recent article by the Farmers Journal, figures show we are generating over 1 million tonnes of food waste per year. The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten said that out of the 1 million tonnes of food waste produced in Ireland each year, 40% comes from food production, 34% from the commercial sector and 26% from households.
If you’re the type of person that finds it hard to stick to a New Year’s resolution which involves giving something up, then why not do the opposite and do something new instead. This usually involves taking up a new hobby, starting a new sport, or treating you and your partner to dining out once a week, but we like to think a little more outside the bin….. I mean box!
Okay so, the festive season is coming to a close. You’ve eaten enough turkey and cake to feed a village, and made enough New Year’s resolutions to write a novel. The decorations have been taken down, but there is one last job to do… recycle the Christmas tree.
We create a lot of waste during the Christmas period and January seems to be a month of filling our bins with paper, boxes, and plenty of empty chocolate tins! There are many ways to manage our waste during the festive season and we’ve put together some useful and fun tips to help you along the way.