Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Scrutiny of the Waste Reduction Bill 2017

1:30 pm

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party) | Oireachtas source

This is very useful in terms of this complex area. We have had damn lies and statistics, so I am very glad that the EPA is seeking real clarity now. It was said in the presentation that 84% of plastic packaging waste is either recovered or recycled. What percentage is recycled and what percentage is burned? I would be interested to hear if the Department agrees with Mr. Hogg and indeed the European Commission, which released a report yesterday which does not take long to read and is absolutely definitive in saying that we should not send plastic towards incineration. Does the Department agree with that? Can the EPA give me the percentages of each? Does it have statistics in terms of the percentage of our recycled plastic which goes to China? I know that some goes to Europe, but what is the percentage?


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