Wednesday 23 October 2019

Prevention strategies needed to improve how we deal with waste

 

All plastic packing should be reusable or recyclable by 2030. Stock Image: GETTY
All plastic packing should be reusable or recyclable by 2030. Stock Image: GETTY
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Ireland's material consumption is well above the EU average, and continues to rise as the economy grows.

While strides have been made in getting people to recycle more, the Government is now focused on developing better prevention strategies.

It is hoped that 70pc of packing waste will be recycled by 2030, while household food waste needs to be halved.

Among the early action is a ban on specific single-use plastic convenience items, including polystyrene food containers, cup and drinks containers.

All plastic packing should be reusable or recyclable by 2030.

The plan sets a target of having just 10pc of waste going to landfills. This will require regulation over the materials that go to dumps and improving the mechanical treatment of residual waste to produce fuel which replaces fossil fuel.

A Circular Economy Policy and Action Plan for Ireland will be developed to replace the current suite of policy, plans and programmes in 2020-21. It will provide policy direction on waste prevention, eco-design, reuse, repair, recycling, recovery and diverting waste from landfill.

Irish Independent

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