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Down in the dumps: Our growing waste pile

Ireland is facing a waste-management crisis as China refuses to take our plastic and paper. Can we improve our environmental standards, as the EU urges more recycling? Kim Bielenberg reports on what really happens to our rubbish.

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Guidance on the Preparation and Submission of the Annual Environmental Report for Waste Water Discharge Licences

Condition 6 of EPA Waste Water Discharge Licences (WWDL) requires Irish Water to prepare and submit an Annual Environmental Report (AER) for the previous reporting year that is to the satisfaction of the EPA. The AER must be submitted to the EPA by the 28th February. This requirement applies to all licences issued on or before 31st December of the previous year. This guidance document is provided to assist irish Water with the preparation of their AER.

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Silver Hat trick for South Dublin County Council nominees in the All Ireland Community and Council Awards.

L to R : Tommy Keogh, Clondalkin Tidy Towns, Cllr. Vicki Casserly, Cllr Sean Conlon, LAMA Representative, Monaghan County Council, Cllr. Deirdre O'Donovan, Cllr. Emer Higgins, Cllr. Liona O'Toole accepting silver award for Best Heritage project - The Round Tower – Brú Chrónáin

Three South Dublin County Council nominees received silver awards at this year’s All Ireland Community & Council Awards presented by IPB Insurance and LAMA on Saturday 3rd February, 2018. The All Ireland Community & Council Awards ceremony took place in Croke Park Stadium to celebrate the very best in Local Government in Ireland.

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CIS and Esri Ireland map €56bn worth of Irish construction projects

Esri Ireland has announced that Construction Information Services (CIS) has leveraged its digital mapping platform to present its members with a visual guide to construction projects around Ireland.

It is estimated that 36,500 construction projects, worth €56 billion, are currently mapped on this visual platform.

Esri Ireland’s platform also enables CIS to illustrate other data sets that may be of interest to their customers, including area demographics and zoning information. All of this information can be very helpful to companies bidding for business.

CIS is Ireland’s leading construction intelligence service, whose database provides comprehensive, real-time and verified information about construction projects throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland. Having published a weekly report since the 1970s providing companies with the information about construction projects, and transitioning online in 2008, CIS wanted to provide its subscriber base with a more interactive experience. To do this, CIS approached Esri Ireland to create a map showing the location of all projects around the country.

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Safer drinking water for all Europeans

Revised European legislation proposed by the European Commission today will improve the quality of drinking water and access to it as well as provide better information to citizens. The right to access essential services of good quality, including water, is one of the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights unanimously endorsed by Heads of State or Government at the Gothenburg Summit. Today’s legislative proposal aims to guarantee this right and thereby responds to the first-ever successful European Citizens’ Initiative, “Right2Water“, that gathered 1.6 million signatures in support of improving access to safe drinking water for all Europeans. In addition this proposal seeks to empower consumers ensuring that water suppliers provide consumers with clearer information on water consumption, on the cost structure as well as on the price per litre allowing a comparison with the price of bottled water. This will be contributing to the environmental goals of reducing unnecessary plastic use and limiting the EU’s carbon footprint, as well as to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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