Friday 19 January 2018

Parties join forces over recycling

The scheme, which would give consumers a 10-cent refund for each plastic bottle returned to
a recycling point, could cost €276m. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
The scheme, which would give consumers a 10-cent refund for each plastic bottle returned to a recycling point, could cost €276m. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Environment Minister Denis Naughten has vowed he would not create "another e-voting machine fiasco", as pressure mounted to establish a new refund-for-recycling scheme.

Opposition parties have teamed up to push through legislation, despite Government concerns. The Green Party has secured the support of Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and the Labour Party to progress the refund-for-recycling scheme through the Dáil.

Mr Naughten told the Dáil: "Without a complete understanding of the cost implications on the taxpayer, on employers, on retailers and on customers, it would be financially reckless of me to proceed with its introduction here without proper scrutiny.

"I will not create another PPARS or another e-voting machine fiasco."

The scheme, which would give consumers a 10-cent refund for each plastic bottle returned to a recycling point, could cost €276m.

The Bill also proposes to ban take-away coffee cups that cannot be recycled. Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said such cups were "a minute on the lips", but would take "six or seven lifetimes" to biodegrade.

Mr Ryan accepted the Bill would need further "detailed work" once it moved to committee stage, but it would be "done in a way that is good for politics".

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin said the environment could unite Dáil parties, as it was a "hot topic".

Irish Independent

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