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Let's Do it! World Clean-up day 15th September 2018

Let’s Do It! World is a civic-led mass movement that began in Estonia in 2008 when 50,000 people united together to clean up the entire country in just five hours.

Since then, Let’s Do It! has spread this model - one country in one day - around the world. To-date, nearly 120 countries and 20 million people have joined us to clean up illegal waste.

On September 15, 2018, World Cleanup Day, people in 150 countries will stand up against the global trash problem and clean up waste, making it the biggest positive civic action the world has seen. Imagine a powerful “green wave” starting in New Zealand and ending in Hawaii with hundred of millions of people taking positive action together on the very same day.

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Cork ‘bin police’ could hand out fines of up to €2,500

‘Bin police’ will be able to call to homes and businesses and demand receipts for rubbish disposal under a tough new waste management regime in Cork City.

The public could also face fines of up to €2,500 for putting recyclables into their rubbish bins or for not storing bins properly.

The proposals are contained in a set of draft waste management bylaws published last week by Cork City Council for public consultation. The bylaws will govern the storage, segregation and presentation of household and commercial waste in the council’s administrative area.

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Cabinet to hear proposals to develop €1.25bn housing agency

The Minister for Housing is bringing proposals to Cabinet this week to establish the Land Development Agency, which will be funded to the tune of €1.25 billion.

The move was confirmed at a Fine Gael think-in where the housing crisis was discussed by the party's TDs and Senators for several hours.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said it marks a significant change in the Government's involvement in the housing market.

Mr Varadkar said it would mean that the State would build social, affordable and private homes. He said the move would be viewed in the future as being on a par with the establishment of the ESB and the IDA.

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Ten places shortlisted for Ireland’s “Best Place” – public voting starts

Ireland’s longest walking and cycling trail, an 18th-century estate town, and the country’s most historic and compact medieval city are among the ten places shortlisted by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Ireland for the public to vote for their favourite.
 
Ireland’s Best Places is a competition run by RTPI Ireland to celebrate some of the most attractive and inspiring places and the role planners have played in helping to protect or shape them for communities.
 
The top 10 best places in Ireland have been whittled down by the Ireland’s Best Places judging panel from nominations from the public.
 
Marion Chalmers, Chair of RTPI Ireland, said:

“The competition has reminded us of the passion we have for places we love. The finalists, places clearly loved by the public, have been protected, carefully planned or improved by the planning system. I encourage everyone to get behind their favourite place to ensure it wins.”

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We’re designing a future for consumers where cutting carbon footprints doesn’t mean cutting back on comfort

When Rowena McCappin speaks about the future of energy consumption, it’s worth listening.

As project director at Glen Dimplex, she’s just overseen a €15.5m research and innovation project that spanned five EU member states – and so few are better placed to visualise how the home of the future is going to differ from what we’re used to today.

Or, perhaps more pertinently, how it will differ from what we’ve been used to in the past - shouts from brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers to ‘switch off the lights’, all ingrained in our collective psyche alongside the fear of leaving the immersion on.

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