Thursday, 18 February 2021
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
54. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the degree to which measures are in place or are being contemplated to reduce levels of plastic currently in use; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9347/21]
The Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy, launched last September, sets out our national strategy for single use plastics and plastic packaging in general. It contains a range of ambitious measures for dealing with these items. The Plan details measures Ireland is taking under the Single Use Plastics Directive to prohibit certain items from being placed on the market. It also contains our commitment to introduce a Deposit and Return Scheme for plastic bottles and aluminium cans and to lead EU efforts on disposable coffee cups through a prohibition on the use of disposable cups for sit-in purposes, a latte levy and an eventual ban on disposable coffee cups and cold drinks cups.