The Green Party has warmly welcomed the European Parliament’s approval for a complete ban on a range of single-use plastics in an effort to stop ocean pollution. The proposal also calls for a reduction in single-use plastic for food and drink containers like plastic cups. The measure still has to clear a number of procedural hurdles but is expected to go through, and it is hoped it will go into effect across the bloc by 2021.
Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD: “It’s great news from the European Parliament today. It’s just a pity that Fine Gael are still dragging their heels and blocking the same sensible legislation here at home. We could be leaders on this, instead it looks like we’ll be playing catch-up once again. We have a Bill that would put us ahead of the curve on this, but the government continues to use delay tactics. They need to issue the money message that would allow us to move forward with our Waste Reduction Bill.”
Green Party Spokesperson for Environmental Protection, Natural Resources, Marine, and Tourism, Senator Grace O’Sullivan: “This is a big step forward today in the battle against plastic waste. We’re making progress in Europe, now Ireland needs to step up, and that means the government finally moving on the Green Party’s Waste Reduction Bill.”
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