After many years of campaigning by the Green Party and others, the long-awaited Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy was announced today by Green Party leader and Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Eamon Ryan TD. The plan follows efforts to pass the Green Party’s Waste Reduction Bill, brought to the Dáil in 2017, and places Ireland at the vanguard of EU efforts.
This ambitious new plan to tackle waste and move towards a circular economy includes halving our food waste by 2030, the introduction of a deposit and return scheme for plastic bottles and cans, a ban on certain single use plastics from July 2021, and a levy on disposable cups. Other measures include applying green criteria and circular economy principles in all public procurement, a waste recovery levy to encourage recycling, and ensuring all packaging is reusable or recyclable by 2030.
This new policy will require us to move beyond a position of merely managing waste, to where we question our use of resources and materials, how to reconsider product design to reduce waste generation and how we extend the productive life of the goods and products that we use.
“We all know that our current model of production and consumption is unsustainable in terms of resource use, waste disposal, climate change and loss of biodiversity”, Minister Ryan said at the launch of the Waste Action Plan. “What we need to do is rethink our relationship with our stuff – how we produce it, use it and dispose of it. This plan sets out how we will go about that in a way that benefits people and planet.”
“Every sector, every household, every business, and organisation across Ireland has a role to play in the transition to a circular economy. Through increased awareness, better-informed consumption decisions and buy-in to a shared responsibility, Ireland can become a leader in this field delivering environmental, social and economic benefits.”
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