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New EU rules to reduce marine litter ‘a welcome step’ – Boylan

28 May, 2018 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan believes today’s proposals from the EU regarding single-use plastics are a step in a right direction, but not ambitious enough to meet the threat of plastic pollution.

Reacting to the news from Strasbourg, Ms. Boylan commented:

“Today’s proposals from the European Commission to reduce plastic waste in our oceans are a welcome first step in addressing the scourge of marine litter. I believe these proposals will now allow MEPs to push for stronger measures.

“It is crucial that the concept of reduction remains at the heart of the EU plastics strategy and pressure is kept on industry to explore alternatives to single-use plastics. 

“Ireland has the second highest plastic bottle consumption in the EU, with around 155 bottles per person per year. Both the Irish Government and EU need to concentrate on reduction and set binding rules and targets for Industry.”

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