Conveyor belt of plastic waste continues to grow - Brian Stanley TD
Speaking in the Dáil today on plastic pollution Brian Stanley TD Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment said that the plastics problem is growing in this State and we now need effective legislation in place.
The Laois TD continued:
“In Ireland an estimated 983,380 tonnes of packaging waste was generated in 2015. Manufacturers are creating a conveyor belt of waste, with little interest in changing this from Government.
The waste keeps being produced, with excessive packaging on products. Plastic used in packaging accounts for 40% of Europe’s overall plastics. At the end of this conveyor belt it creates a burden on the ordinary householder.
“The principles of ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ needs to form the foundation of Government policy and we need solutions to be put forward to solve the horrific problems with pollution across this State.
“Sinn Féin has put forward a bill last year on establishing a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles. The bill contained other provisions in terms of illegal dumping.
"Considering the problem we are facing it will take effective legislation and action but this Government are simply not out of the blocks.”