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Events

 

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Consultation on NICVAs Manifesto for Change:Key 1

Tuesday 2nd March
Online
Free

CCC– Net Zero: The need for joint action on adaptation

Wednesday 3rd March
Online
Free

ORNI Conference and Strategy Launch

Wednesday 3rd March
Online
Free

Regenerating your soil – Agronomy and Business Virtual Conference for Arable Growers

Wednesday 3rd March
Online
Free

Consultation on NICVAs Manifesto for Change – EVENT 2

Thursday 4th March
Online
Free

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Scoping Surveys for Arborists

Monday 8th March
Online
£120.50

Conversations about Climate Change: Northern Ireland’s Energy Challenge

Tuesday 9th March
Online
Free

Consultation on NICVAs Manifesto for Change – EVENT 3

Tuesday 9th March
Online
Free

The Earth Connects Us: The geology and landscapes of the Mourne Gullion Strangford Aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark

Tuesday 9th March
Online
Free

Webinar – Chemicals Stakeholder Event – REACH

Wednesday 10th March
Online
Free

Grow and Gain with Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Thursday 11th March
Online
Free

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The Rivers Trust Conference: Water at the heart of climate resilience

Tuesday 16th March
Online
Free

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Rural Policy Group – RED Talk: Energy and Industry

Thursday 18th March
Online
Free

BTO: NI Seabird Report 2020 Launch

Thursday 18th March
Online
Free

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Imagine! Festival 2021

Monday 22nd March
Online

Greener Recovery Festival

Monday 22nd March
Online
£6 – £72

BITC:NI: Case studies on climate action: Power NI & SONI

Monday 22nd March
Online
Free

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Introducing 20 Minute Neighbourhoods

Wednesday 24th March
Online
Free

BITC:NI: Case studies on climate action: Translink

Wednesday 24th March
Online
Free

Post–pandemic Planning for Healthy Streets and Inclusive Active Travel

Wednesday 24th March
Online
Free

Dr Stelios Grafakos: ‘The Promise of Green Growth’

Thursday 25th March
Online
Free

Tales of the Times Celebration Event

Thursday 25th March
Online
Free

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BITC:NI: Case studies on climate action: Lidl

Tuesday 30th March
Online
Free

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Money–back scheme on bottles 26 March 2021

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

 

Image via Pixabay

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.