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Festivals are one of the worst places in the world when it comes to dumping unrecyclable trash on the ground, which goes straight into landfill.

This year, Body & Soul have roped in the legendary US junk artist Shrine to create an installation to highlight Ireland's need to recycle small electronic waste.

EPA Research has emphasised that our country hoards small electronic items rather than recycling them, almost as if they can't decide if it's trash or treasure. Answer: Your trash, somebody else's treasure.

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The European Recycling Platform (ERP) have now partnered with Body & Soul to commission a large-scale installation made from small household electronic waste.

The installation is set to appear at Body & Soul, which remains Ireland's leading creative festival during the summer, taking place in Ballinlough Castle in Westmeath this weekend (June 21 – June 23).

Australian eco-builder, Harrison Gardner has agreed to collaborate with Shrine to co-create a massive, illuminated tetrahedron from salvaged and recycled electronic materials, collected by ERP Ireland.

They plan on naming the installation 'SOLAS', and it's staged to be a glowing beacon of light at the festival site. It will be a whopping six metres tall and will be clad in materials like phones, chargers, laptops, cables etc.

Basically all of our old sh*t that we dumped in a drawer five years ago.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a research study: A Community Based Social Marketing Approach for Increased Participation in WEEE Recycling (ColectWEEE).

The behaviour and attitudes of Irish people to recycling small electronic items was examined, and accelerating tech development has increased the consumption of electronic goods but it reduces their lifespan.

People have a strange relationship with their possessions, and it's fairly clear that Irish people have a hoarding culture. I'm fairly sure I still have my iPod nano from 2009…

ERP Ireland hope that SOLAS will act as a call to action to the Irish public to stop hoarding unused or useless smaller electrical items in their homes. ERP want to increase the collection rate of the items.

CEO of ERP Ireland, Martin Tobin, expressed his pride at the future installation: "We are delighted to partner with Body & Soul to commission SOLAS – an incredible piece of artwork.

"Body & Soul places sustainability at the heart of everything they do, and we are delighted to be part of their 10th Year of Joy Anniversary of the festival. We are incredibly grateful to Shrine and Harrison Gardner for creating such a breath-taking installation. I think the finished piece speaks for itself.”

Shrine spoke about his joy at the message behind SOLAS: "I have worked on projects in countless countries on nearly all seven continents but a project with an important message such as this, always stands out to me.

"I cherish creating art from items discarded by humans all over the world, these can always be repurposed into something new and beautiful.”

You can recycle your e-waste at your local electrical retailer even without a purchase or at your local recycling centre, free of charge or one of ERP’s Free Electrical Recycling Drop Off events held across the country.

Final Weekend Tickets and Limited Edition Sunday Tickets for Body & Soul are on sale via their website.



The Environmental Protection Agency has found that Ireland's treatment of water waste is not up to par. 

The EPA found that there were a number of locations in Ireland where raw sewage is making its way into the water system, which does not comply with EU treatment standards

It has brought a number prosecutions against Irish Water over sewage this year.

Irish Water have estimated that it will cost up to €13 billion euro to implement the necessary changes. 

The report found 44 areas where untreated sewage from the equivalent of 120,000 people contaminates the environment on a daily basis, according to The Irish Times. 

Changes need to be made to protect human health. 

Changes also need to be implemented to preserve natural environments and ecosystems in rivers, lakes and oceans.



An assessment by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that there has been an 'unwelcome' decline in the state and quality of Irish water.

The six-year project found that hundreds of bodies of water around the country have depleted in quality. 

EPA said that just 21 lakes and rives could be considered pristine in Ireland.

That compares to over 500 in the 1980s.

EPA warns that Ireland has failed to reach its own clean-up targets for water sources.

The project included the study of rivers, canals, lakes, groundwaters and sea water.

However, the report did find that the number of seriously polluted waters has decreased. 



92.9 per cent of Ireland’s 140 identified bathing waters met the minimum required standard for sufficient water quality, according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency

Ireland also saw an increase in its standard of water quality, with 85.7% per cent of bathing water classed as being either excellent or good, an increase on last year which sat at 83 per cent. 

However, six bathing waters in Ireland failed to meet the minimum required EU standards and were classified as being of poor quality.

Clifden, Ballyloughane and Tra na bhForbachabeach, cared for by Galway City Council, Merrion Strand of Dublin City Council, Loughshinny and Portrane of Fingal County Council all failed to meet the required standards.

Some of the issues raised include surface waters, drainage misconnections and birds in Merrion Strand.

Septic tank discharges in Loughshinny and sewage discharges and surface run-off in Portrane were also identified as problem areas.



Manure, sewage, burning rubbish… we've all had to wind up the car windows every so often when driving past a particularly stinky stretch of road.

But what if you were unlucky enough to have to deal with those unsavoury odours every day? Hundreds of unfortunate Irish residents do, and some of them have even made complaints to Ireland's Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA has released a list of Ireland's top 10 smelliest places, based on hundreds of odour complaints received by the agency last year.

Almost three quarters of complaints about bad smells last year related to the following ten locations:

Dublin and Cork feature heavily, covering two thirds of the top ten list. The East of Ireland also seems to be a fairly stinky place to live, with Kildare, Wicklow, Louth and Meath all on the list too. So if you're looking for an odour-free life, make a move to the West it would seem.

As for noise complaints, the EPA isn't short of those either, with 80% of all calls about noise issues relating to these five Irish sites:

Ireland's main cities are off the hook this time, with Meath, Louth, Offaly, Tipperary and Kildare all making the top five list.

So if you're planning on moving house soon, you know where to avoid…