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A record 43% of municipal waste was either recycled or composted in the EU in 2013, according to the latest Eurostat figures published on Thursday. Although the share of recycled waste reached 28%, 31% of waste was still landfilled and 26% incinerate

The 7th annual Green Awards return to once again celebrate excellence in sustainability and environmental awareness among Ireland’s green organisations and individuals. The trophies will be handed out at the glamorous Awards ceremony on Wednesday,

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Recycling all your aluminium packaging is one of the most important things that you can do for the environment.

This is because making aluminium from the raw material, bauxite, uses a lot of energy  -  while recycling the metal through a simple re-melt process is a massive 20 times more energy efficient. Put another way, recycling uses just 5% of the energy needed for primary production.

And because aluminium can be recycled over and over again without losing its properties, the metal has a lifetime of different uses:  about 75% of all the aluminium ever produced is still in circulation.

The challenge now is to raise recycling rates for the aluminium we use as individuals  -  mainly drinks cans, foil trays and aerosol cans.  Find out how we do it in Ireland ...