Coun­cil backs an­tiplas­tic levy

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS - By SORCHA CROW­LEY

SLIGO County Coun­cil has given its back­ing to a new levy on take-away cups and mi­cro-plas­tics in skin­care prod­ucts.

It’s af­ter mem­bers agreed with a mo­tion tabled by In­de­pen­dent Coun­cil­lor De­clan Bree at last week’s County Coun­cil meet­ing.

“Ev­ery day in Ire­land over 500,000 sin­gle use cups and 2.5 mil­lion bot­tles are dis­posed of through land­fill and in­cin­er­a­tion in­stead of be­ing re­cy­cled,” Cllr Bree told the meet­ing.

“There is a bet­ter way through preven­tion, re­cy­cling and com­post­ing and it is clear that the gov­ern­ment needs to move on pro­gres­sive pol­icy to ad­dress the en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic costs as­so­ci­ated with plas­tic pol­lu­tion and to adopt in­cen­tives to change cor­po­rate and in­di­vid­ual con­sump­tion pat­terns.

“The Waste Re­duc­tion Bill which is cur­rently be­ing de­bated in the Dáil would ban plas­tic cups, plates, and cut­lery. It would also es­tab­lish a de­posit/ re­fund scheme for glass, plas­tic and alu­minium drinks con­tain­ers,” he said.

“Sin­gle Use Plas­tics have been iden­ti­fied as one of the lead­ing causes of plas­tic pol­lu­tion in our en­vi­ron­ment.

“Many of these items have sus­tain­able al­ter­na­tives and there has been an in­ter­na­tional out­cry to ban cer­tain plas­tic prod­ucts. The list out­lined in the Waste Re­duc­tion Bill mir­rors the list cur­rently pro­posed in the EU Sin­gle Use Plas­tic leg­is­la­tion.

“In ad­di­tion it must be pointed out that Ire­land uses and dis­poses of 200 mil­lion take-away cof­fee cups an­nu­ally.

We need to in­tro­duce a two tier levy sys­tem which will not only en­cour­age be­havioural change,

IT is es­ti­mated that in the first year, such a levy could raise around €20 mil­lion per an­num. IT is an­tic­i­pated that this amount will re­duce over time.

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