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IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has welcomed Environment Minister Denis Naughten’s decision to provide funding for a number of ‘bring’ centres across the country to support the recycling of waste tyres, which are typically used to anchor silage pits.

Thomas Cooney said, “IFA has lobbied for a number of years for the introduction of a take back scheme for waste tyres, which ensures the sustainable management of old and worn tyres that can no-longer be used to anchor silage pits. We are delighted to have secured almost €700,000 in funding and look forward to the current tendering process being concluded and the bring centres commencing.”

Concluding, Thomas Cooney said, “Farmers continue to demonstrate a real willingness to recycle waste streams generated on farms. Each year thousands of tonnes of farm plastics, bale wrap and meal bags are recycled. I am sure that farmers will also support this worthwhile waste tyre initiative and I look forward to working with Minister Naughten to ensure its success.”

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has called for tougher sanctions on serial dumpers who use the Irish countryside as a skip for their illegal activities. He has also called for changes to the legislation so that farmers are no longer held legally responsible for reckless dumping by others.

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IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has described the report recently published by Teagasc on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture as “an important blueprint, setting out the necessary policy measures that Government must introduce”.

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IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has again restated IFA’s call on Government to introduce a robust climate activation programme to curb greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland, particularly the increases from the transport sector.

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IFA National Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has welcomed the pragmatic decision by Transport Minister Shane Ross to limit the requirement for compulsory roadworthiness testing to tractors doing non-agricultural work, and with a maximum design speed exceeding 40km/hr.

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