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IrelandGovernment set to ban single-use plastics as part of massive waste overhaul

05:00  17 september  2019
05:00  17 september  2019 Source:   extra.ie

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The Government is set to introduce a ban on single - use plastics in Ireland as a part of a massive overhaul of the country’s waste management. Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Richard Bruton will chair a summit on Monday at the Irish Management Institute in

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The Government is set to introduce a ban on single-use plastics in Ireland as a part of a massive overhaul of the country’s waste management.

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Richard Bruton will chair a summit on Monday at the Irish Management Institute in Dublin with representatives of the waste management industry to discuss the implementation of new measures announced by the Government.

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The summit will be attended by waste collection agencies, household representative groups, local authorities and NGOs.

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The European parliament has voted to ban single - use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers as part of a sweeping law against plastic waste that despoils beaches and pollutes oceans. The vote by MEPs paves the way for a ban on single - use plastics to come into force by 2021 in all EU

The European Commission proposed a ban in May, following a surge in public support attributed to documentaries such as David Attenborough's BBC Blue Planet series. The measure still has to clear some procedural hurdles, but is expected to go through. The EU hopes it will go into effect across the

Government set to ban single-use plastics as part of massive waste overhaul © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

In addition to a proposed ban on a range of plastics, including single-use plates, cutlery, straws, cotton-bud sticks, polystyrene cups, food containers and balloon sticks, the Government also intends to halve Irish food waste and to work towards a 60pc reduction in landfill disposal.

New levies on non-recyclable plastics such as food packaging are also in the pipeline, as Minister Bruton’s department seeks to double the amount of recycled material in Ireland and to eradicate the use of non-recyclable plastic.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada on Monday in Quebec after announcing his government ’s intention to ban single - use plastics as early as “We redesigned our plastic bags to help you never forget again.” To help reduce pollution and waste , in 2015, the British government introduced a five

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The measures were devised in accordance with the Government’s climate action plan, as the European Union looks set to take a severe approach towards carbon emissions reduction targets.

In Ireland, over 200kg of waste packaging, nearly 30pc of which is plastic, is generated per person annually, placing us above the EU average. Estimates suggest that homeowners face annual costs of €700 for food waste while businesses lose €1 billion.

Separately, a review has been launched into the possibility of achieving a 90pc collection rate for single-use plastic bottles in Ireland.

Proposed measures include a potential deposit and return scheme (DRS), which would involve the payment of a small levy on plastic bottles that would be refunded to customers at the point of recycling

According to The Irish Times, Minister Bruton spoke of his hopes for the Government’s measures: ‘I am determined to step up ambition and put in place strong policy tools to deliver on our new targets.

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When the EU finally committed to banning an array of single - use plastics in March, it became part of a growing plastic -free movement that is seeing similar bans imposed from Vanuatu to Canada and Change it here DW.COM has chosen English as your language setting . DW.COM in 30 languages.

The European Commission wants to ban single - use plastic products like disposable cutlery, straws and cotton buds to fight Single - use drink containers will only be allowed on the market if their caps and lids remain attached. Member states of the EU will also have to start actively reducing their use of

‘Today is a chance to shape that roadmap. Leadership in this area is crucial if we are to secure a more sustainable, resilient Ireland for future generations.’

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