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16th Sep 2019

Irish government set to announce major ban on single-use plastics

Carl Kinsella

Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton is set to announce a wide-ranging ban on single-use plastics on Monday.

Key elements of Bruton’s new strategy include banning single-use plastic plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks, cotton bud sticks, polystyrene cups and food containers.

The minister also plans to introduce fees on non-recyclable plastics, such as food packaging in supermarkets.

According to the Department of Climate Action: “Over 200kg of waste packaging, 59kg of which is plastic, is generated per person every year in Ireland, above average among our EU neighbours. Food waste alone costs homeowners €700 a year and accounts for a loss of €1 billion to our enterprises.”

The strategy to tackle this waste will be announced on Monday at a summit the minister is hosting with key players from industry, local authorities, waste collectors, household representative groups and NGOs.

“We are now deciding how to chart the route ahead. I am determined to step up ambition and put in place strong policy tools to deliver on our new targets. 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,” said Bruton.

“Managing our resources properly is crucial to securing a better, more sustainable Ireland for future generations. It is central to the Climate Action Plan– 60% of greenhouse gas emissions come from our use of materials,” he added.