This Tuesday 23 October the Waste Reduction Bill introduced by the Green Party with wide cross party support will be debated. You can take action by signing the Green Party’s petition to demand Minister Richard Bruton supports the Bill – click here. The Friends of the Earth also have a petition that you can submit to your local TD to support the bill – click here.
Ireland is the top producer of plastic waste in Europe. In 2015, we generated an estimated total of 282,148 tonnes of plastic packaging waste – the equivalent of nearly 2,000 water bottles or 5,550 disposal coffee cups for every person in Ireland. The most recent EPA statistics show that only 34% of this plastic packaging gets recycled, and according to the National Waste Report 2012 over a quarter of it goes straight to landfill.
The Waste Reduction Bill will do two things:
- Introduce a deposit and refund scheme for all beverage containers, including plastic bottles, aluminium cans, glass bottles, and Tetra Paks.
- Ban single-use non-compostable cups and tableware and the sale or giveaway of disposable plastic cups, glasses, plates, and other tableware from the 1st January 2020.
Read Eamon Ryan’s article in the Sunday Independent on the Waste Reduction Bill here (21 October 2018). Read about how the Government is using a little known provision in the constitution to block Private Members Bills here.