Waste Reduction Plan will see Fingal’s environment less polluted and littered

September 11, 2020 0

Minister of State for Community Development and Charities and Green Party T.D for Fingal has welcomed the new Waste Reduction Plan and stated that it will have a visible and positive impact on the environment in Dublin Fingal. The plan gives effect to many of the commitments in the Programme for Government, including the introduction of a deposit and return scheme for plastic bottles and aluminium cans. This scheme is a tried and tested method of collecting plastic bottles in public places, in states across America and countries across Europe people can return their used drinks containers in exchange for money at reverse vending machines.

Minister O’Brien said:

I think when people see the extent of the waste in Ireland and especially when it impacts visually in their own community, we are genuinely horrified and want to see real action. This is the first time that a government plan has really matched that level of dissatisfaction with how we produce and deal with waste by taking very concrete measures at every step of the process. This will have positive, visible and tangible impacts in our daily lives, in our communities and for the environment. The increased incidence of fly-tipping is one of the starkest examples of this, but it’s the habits and limited options in our everyday lives that are causing the damage over time.

I know Tidy Towns groups across Fingal are in a constant battle against littering with plastic of various kinds being the main culprit. I think as a county with a long coastline we have a better understanding than many about the impacts of waste on our environment. This plan sees targeted measures for the phasing out of single use plastics.

The level of food waste in Ireland is something that very much needs to change. Our aim is to half food waste by 2030. I’m delighted that my Department supports organisations like Foodcloud to direct unwanted food away from the whole waste process to people who need it. As consumers aswell we need to look at our purchasing habits. We are producing about 3.2 tonnes of waste for every man, woman and child in the State while food waste alone is costing households an average of €700 per year.

The implementation of this plan will facilitate a better understanding of the finite resources we have on the planet and replace our current throw away culture with an appreciation of the need for a circular economy. The fact is over recent years grassroots and entrepreneurial spirit has been pushing alternatives to how we produce and manage waste. The plan now gives a more supportive policy context for such ideas to grow into real solutions.

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