Sinn Féin Bill offers direct action on waste management – Stanley
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Environment Brian Stanley TD said that the throwaway society of the past cannot continue as we are having a detrimental effect on our environment.
Speaking today ahead of Sinn Féin’s Waste Reduction (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, Teachta Stanley said;
“We need to take a stronger approach to waste management in society. There are various elements to our Bill today that will directly deal with waste management.
“Firstly, it proposes a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles, glass bottles and aluminium cans. This will incentivise people into returning these containers and prevent single use disposal which is not sustainable.
“Plastics are having a detrimental effect on our environment. By 2050, that more plastics than fish (by weight) are expected to be in our oceans.
“There is also the environmental cost of greenhouse gas emissions in production, as well as the immense cost for local authorities each year to clean up litter.
“Also included in the Bill is a provision for an increase in fines for illegal dumping. Considering the problem we have with waste in the State, we need to take a direct approach to managing the chronic issue at hand.
“There is no sustainability in the single use containers feeding the growing waste mountain. Our environment cannot sustain the current level of waste and we need action.”