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Collective responsibility needed to tackle pollution and encourage recycling – Mitchell

11 July, 2017 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Bay North Denise Mitchell has welcomed proposals to tackle pollution by moving away from the use of non-recyclable tableware and to encourage recycling through deposit and return schemes on drinks containers.

Deputy Mitchell said:

“It is the collective responsibility of everybody here and the general public to make sure we try and tackle pollution, reduce waste and encourage recycling.

“It is a common-sense measure to move away from the use of plastic cups and cutlery towards renewable and compostable alternatives. In this day and age, you would imagine all manufacturers would be looking to produce products that are recyclable.

“Unfortunately, profit can outweigh concern for the environment. And that’s where the Government and local authorities need to step in.

Deputy Mitchell also welcomed a proposed deposit and return scheme on cans and bottles:

“I’m sure many here are sick to their back teeth of walking through their local park to see cans and bottles thrown on the ground or in rivers and ponds.

“This rubbish isn’t just an eyesore; it seriously damages the environment and wildlife habitats. Any scheme which would help reduce this waste is welcome.

Deputy Mitchell also called on TDs to support a Bill being introduced by her party colleague Brian Stanley TD which includes substantive measures to tackle waste and encourage recycling.


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