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New All Island fund launching soon

Thursday 1st April
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Winter Talk – Not a lot of people know… by Ian Rippey

Tuesday 6th April
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EIP–AGRI seminar: Healthy soils for Europe: sustainable management through knowledge and practice

Tuesday 13th April
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Addressing Cold Weather Planning: How to Protect the Most Vulnerable and the NHS

Tuesday 13th April
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£99– £249 (discount for multiple places)

An Introduction to Nature Recovery Networks –Experiences from practitioners

Wednesday 14th April
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Free

Belfast Healthy Cities: Designing a city for children

Wednesday 14th April
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Your priorities for the next Open Government National Action Plan (1 of 2)

Wednesday 14th April
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Women in Agriculture conference: Resilience & Resourcefulness

Wednesday 14th April
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Introduction to NPMS and survey methodology

Friday 16th April
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Your priorities for the next Open Government National Action Plan (2 of 2)

Tuesday 20th April
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Nature Recovery Networks– from Policy to Practice

Wednesday 21st April
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Women in Agriculture conference: Women Working in the Industry

Wednesday 21st April
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Water Ireland Conference 2021

Thursday 22nd April
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€178.35

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Energy Transition Conference 2021

Monday 26th April
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Mapping Nature Recovery Networks

Wednesday 28th April
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Women in Agriculture conference: Business Skills in Agriculture

Wednesday 28th April
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Next steps for transport decarbonisation in the UK – low–carbon fuels, infrastructure, sector–specific targets and policy development

Friday 30th April
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£190 plus VAT

 
 

Money–back scheme on bottles 26 March 2021

Poots considers money–back scheme on drinks bottles to tackle litter

 

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A money–back scheme on drinks bottles to help increase recycling is being considered by Environment Minister Edwin Poots.

Minister Poots pictured during a visit to Bryson Recycling.in 2020.

And in a move to boost the reuse of packaging material, he is also looking at a fee–based scheme to encourage producers to design and use packaging that is easier to re–use and/or recycle.

“With a shocking 1.3 million items of litter on our streets at any one time almost half of that littered packaging including drink cans, plastic bottles, confectionery and crisp wrappers we need to move now to tackle this problem,” Minister Poots said.

“So today, alongside England and Wales, I am launching a consultation on options for a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for drinks containers including glass bottles, aluminium and steel cans and PET plastic bottles. In this type of scheme the public will be able to recoup a deposit for return of drinks containers through reverse vending machines or directly through retailers.

 “We know from a previous consultation there is overwhelming public support for the deposit return scheme, which should make it easy for consumers to return drinks containers for recycling and also reduce littering. In countries with existing schemes the return rates can be 85–98% for collection and recycling of plastic drinks containers. The scheme can create high–value, uncontaminated recycling streams which should advantage UK producers and incentivise investment in the sector.”

The second consultation is for a UK–wide Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) system for packaging, which will see producers of packaging pay the full net costs of the material they place on the market throughout its life cycle under the ‘polluter pays’ principle.

Read full article here.