Wednesday 16 January 2019

Single-use plastics to be banned in public buildings under new plans

 

There will be some exemptions where singleuse plastics will be allowed if there is a medical or hygiene purpose (stock picture)
There will be some exemptions where singleuse plastics will be allowed if there is a medical or hygiene purpose (stock picture)
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

The Government is set to ban single-use plastics in all public buildings under radical new plans.

Communications Minister Denis Naughten will bring proposals to Cabinet in the coming weeks to outlaw single-use plastics in any State-owned body or building.

There will be some exemptions where single-use plastics will be allowed if there is a medical or hygiene purpose.

The move comes as a decision has yet to be made on a levy scheme to tax single-use plastics at both supplier and consumer end. Work is under way to examine how to best reduce single-use plastics.

"On the other side of it we are looking at regulation but it's about providing leadership as well," Mr Naughten said

It is hoped that the move will stimulate the market, bringing about cheaper alternatives, allowing the measure to filter through to the private sector.

Mr Naughten has been pushing his European colleagues for a "far, far more aggressive" approach to pushing out single-use plastics before 2030, saying: "There is no reason why we can't regulate the end of single-use plastics far quicker."

Some items could be banned with others levied, he added.

Irish Independent

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