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Sinn Féin calling for unnecessary plastic waste to be addressed – Stanley

19 February, 2018 - by Brian Stanley TD

Speaking after the findings announced today by NUI Galway scientists which discovered the majority of North Atlantic fish studied had ingested plastics, Sinn Féin Environment Spokesperson Brian Stanley TD said the growing problem of plastics is getting worse and the lack of interest from Government is getting clearer.

The Laois TD said:

“Of the fish analysed in the study, some 73% contained plastics. It was found that there was a ‘much higher occurrence of microplastic fragments’ in the fish studied. Of the 260 million tons of plastic the world produces each year, about 10% ends up in the Ocean and there will be more plastics than fish in our ocean by 2050.

“There seems little attention from government to address this issue. Sinn Féin and others have introduced bills on reducing plastics, such as calling for a deposit return scheme for plastic drinks containers. There have been opposition Bills in relation to a ban on microbeads plastics, used in cosmetic products which enter our water courses and are ingested by marine life, these need to be taken from the shelves now.

“Plastic production is expected to double in the next 20 years but the pollution of our environment is coming to a critical point. China, which takes 95% of this States plastic waste, will be banning imported plastics. There needs to be polices in place to address how we are dealing with our plastics waste and waste in general. To change our environment will need a change in mind-set and a change in government policy immediately.” 

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