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Seeing the light

In 1998 the Republic of Irelands municipal waste recycling rate was a paltry 9% and it had risen by just one percentage point in three years. Now the country is recycling in excess of 20% and its government is understandably pleased to announce it is on target to hit its 35% target for 2013. This turnaround is the direct result of the first serious policy plan from the Irish government, launched in 1998 and called Waste Management: Changing Our Ways. A recently published report ...