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Welcome to the latest newsletter from the Eastern Midlands regional Waste Office.
In this issue we are giving you a quick heads up on some up coming events. 

Do you have a brown bin?

 
 
Do you know that if you live in an area with a population of 1500 or more then your waste collector needs to provide you with one, if in doubt contact them.

Have a look at brownbin.ie for some more info on the brown bin. We will also be posting to our new Facebook page. 

Keep and eye and an ear out for our up coming campaigns around the brown bin and food. 
Like our new Facebook page

Tell The Story of Stuff

 
 
The EPA have launched this amazing new competition for schools. The want students to get creative and tell the story of.....stuff....any object using various medium...video...comic strip...its open to whatever! 

Chances are most of the items you use on a daily basis began their life as something else. The Story of Your Stuff is all about thinking about where your stuff comes from and becoming more aware of the the life cycle of products and the transformations they go through along the way. By becoming more aware of the ‘story of your stuff’ you begin to understand why recycling and using recyclable materials on a daily basis is so important.

What's in it for you [the kids the school]

Not only will you gain a deeper understanding of the important role recycling plays in our lives......but you will also be in with a chance of winning €500 for you, €500 for your school and a film making workshop with Christian Tierney.

*Click the image above for some more info and entry form*
 

Local Enterprise Week - March 5-12 

 
With more than 380 events being planned around the country by Local Enterprise Offices in March, there are plenty of events to choose from in your local area!

Click HERE to see the events in your county and keep up-to-date by searching #localenterprise on social media.

Please note that events are subject to change. Check on your local LEO website for full details..
 

Food Waste Prevention & Master Composter Volunteer Training

 
Want to learn all about food waste prevention and home composting then why not take part in Kildare County Council's and the Stop Food Waste initiative of the EPA Master Composter Volunteer training taking place in Kildare this Spring. The training is facilitated by Nuala IPCC's Education Officer and you can book your place by contacting Dara Wyer Environmental Awareness Officer of Kildare County Council on dwyer@kildarecoco.ie or 045-980563 #bktobasics Kildare County CouncilIrish Peatland Conservation Council #mastercomposter 
 

 

Improving the Implementation of European Environmental Policy

The Commission has adopted the Environmental Implementation Review; a new way to help Member States apply EU rules benefits citizens, administrations and economy

The adoption of the Environmental Implementation Review marks the beginning of a new process in improving how environmental laws are applied for the benefit of citizens, administrations and economy.

The Commission will address with Member States the causes of implementation gaps and find solutions before problems become urgent in areas such as waste management, nature and biodiversity, air quality and water quality. Today's package includes: 28 country reports which map national strengths, opportunities and weaknesses; a Communication summarising the political conclusions of the country reports and examining common trend; and recommendations for improvements to all Member States.

The Review shows for example that waste prevention remains an important challenge for all Member States, while six have not managed to limit the land-filling of biodegradable municipal waste. Full compliance with EU waste policy by 2020 could create an additional 400,000 jobs and facilitate the transition to a more circular economy. On air quality, in 23 out of 28 Member States standards are still exceeded – in total in over more than 130 cities across Europe. There are a number of root causes common to several Member States: ineffective coordination between administrative levels, insufficient capacity, and lack of knowledge and data.

Full implementation of EU environment legislation could save the EU economy €50 billion every year in health costs and direct costs to the environment. According to Eurobarometer, 3 out of 4 citizens consider European laws necessary to protect the environment in their country, and 4 out of 5 agree that European institutions should be able to check whether the laws are being correctly applied.

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