Upcoming Events

National | Environment

no events match your query!

User Preferences

  • Language - en | ga
  • text size >>
  • make this your indymedia front page make this your indymedia front page

Blog Feeds

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link No law for the powerful, strict enforcement for decent citizens

offsite link Garda corruption: the stripped down truth Anthony

offsite link Will Pat Hickey turn up for his trial? Anthony

offsite link Garda breath tests letter Anthony

offsite link Daniel McConnell: Happy to wear establishment blinkers Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Syrian War Report ? February 21, 2018: Government Forces Entered Afrin Wed Feb 21, 2018 22:29 | Scott
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-rep... Over the last few days, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army have captured over a dozen villages from the Kurdish People?s Protection Units (YPG)

offsite link So You?re Calling For Gun control Huh? Wed Feb 21, 2018 17:42 | The Saker
For more information on guns and crime, see here: https://crimeresearch.org/data/ For more information on the real causes of crime in the USA, see here: http://www.unz.com/runz/race-and-crim...

offsite link America?s ?Boots-On-The-Ground? Fighters in Syria are Kurds and Al Qaeda Wed Feb 21, 2018 15:03 | The Saker
by Eric Zuesse for the Saker Blog As will be documented here, America?s troops in Syria are not there in order to fight, but to assist Kurdish separatists in the

offsite link Those evil evil Russians! Wed Feb 21, 2018 14:00 | The Saker
 

offsite link Syrian War Report ? February 20, 2018: Turkey Threatens To Strike Syrian Army Wed Feb 21, 2018 04:36 | Scott
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-rep... The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies continue preparations for a ground operation against militants in Damascus? Eastern Ghouta. Now, government forces and warplanes target fortified positions, HQs

The Saker >>

Human Rights in Ireland
www.humanrights.ie

offsite link Repeal and Replace? Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:58 | Fiona de Londras

offsite link Shifting Sands Under the Abortion Debate Mon Jan 15, 2018 09:30 | GuestPost

offsite link Liberty, the ICCL, and other NGO groups? landmark challenge against the UK Government?s mass surveil... Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:56 | admin

offsite link What Ireland can gain from international guidance on Article 19 UNCRPD Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:53 | Eilionoir Flynn

offsite link Repeal or Replace? Tue Oct 03, 2017 06:31 | Fiona de Londras

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link 7/4 ? good no-deal Brexit odds? 21:39 Wed Feb 21, 2018 | Citizen of Nowhere

offsite link Unsustainable? 14:26 Wed Feb 21, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Brexit sharks circle and other matters 12:26 Wed Feb 21, 2018 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Labour and Left Transfers 10:44 Wed Feb 21, 2018 | irishelectionliterature

offsite link A New Addition. 07:06 Wed Feb 21, 2018 | irishelectionliterature

Cedar Lounge >>

Ireland must follow UK in pledge to eliminate plastic waste, say environmentalists

category national | environment | press release author Saturday January 13, 2018 22:53author by 1 of indy Report this post to the editors

A repost from Green News by Niall Sargent highlight the presence of plastic microbeads in every day products and why they should be banned immediately.

The State must step up its game to tackle plastic pollution in the wake of the UK’s new pledge to eliminate plastic waste by 2042, Ireland’s leading environmental coalition has said.

Launched by Prime Minister Theresa May this morning the 25 Year Environment Plan sets out the UK’s strategy to tackle plastic waste over the next quarter century.

Infographic: Each EU citizen creates 31kg of plastic waste per year | Statista
Infographic: Each EU citizen creates 31kg of plastic waste per year | Statista

Plans include the extension of the UK’s plastic bag levy, removing single-use plastics from government offices, and introducing plastic-free supermarket aisles. The UK’s microbeads ban also came into effect this week.

The Environmental Pillar – a coalition of 26 national environmental organisations – welcomed the move by the UK, and called on the Irish Government to show more urgency in bringing about policy change to tackle the “growing scourge of plastic pollution”.

By 2015, humans produced 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste – equivalent to the mass of 620,000 Eiffel Towers or 60 million blue whales. Only 9 per cent of this plastic waste was recycled and 79 per cent went to landfill or found its way into the environment.

Ireland is currently the top producer of plastic waste in Europe, producing 61kg of plastic waste per person each year. This is 9kg more than the second worst offender, Luxembourg.

According to the Pillar, the Government should now move to bring in a series of measures to cut down on our plastic consumption, including a levy on all single-use non-compostable items and a deposit scheme for the return of drinks containers.

Such policy recommendations were included in the Pillar’s Budget 2018 submission but were “ultimately ignored” by the Government, according to the coalition.

“However, with the Green Party’s Waste Reduction Bill 2017… our leaders have yet another opportunity to support progressive policy to tackle our escalating plastic problem,” said a Pillar spokesperson.

Waste Reduction Bill

The Green’s Bill is set to come before the Oireachtas Environment Committee for pre-legislative scrutiny in the coming weeks.

Launched in June 2017, the Bill outlines plans for an outright ban on single-use non-recyclable plastics such as coffee cups and plastic cutlery by 2020.

The Bill, which the Government voted against last year, also seeks to introduce a deposit refund scheme on drinks containers and a deposit-return scheme for plastic bottles.

Speaking today, Green Party Senator Grace O’Sullivan called on the Government to rethink its position on the Bill and face up to the “massive challenge” of tackling plastic pollution.

“According to the UN, eight million tonnes of plastic leak into oceans each year,” the Waterford Senator added. “This is equivalent to dumping a truck of plastic into the sea every minute.”

The issue is set to be further complication by the recent decision to ban the importation of solid waste including plastic by China, where the vast majority of Ireland’s plastic waste currently ends up.

Microbeads Ban

The UK’s ban on the manufacture of microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products came into effect on Tuesday. The ban will be expanded to the sale of such products in July.

Microbeads are one form of microplastics, tiny plastic granules, pellets, fibers, and fragments that are less than 5 mm in diameters and often as thin as a human hair.

According to the EPA, potential health impacts included exposure to drinking water, accidental ingestion through bathing and consumption of food prepared using contaminated water.

Ms O’Sullivan called on the Irish Government to follow through on its own commitment to the introduction of a ban on microbeads.

In November 2016, then Minister for Housing Simon Coveney wrote to the European Commission to inform them of the Government’s plans to introduce legislation banning microbeads in 2017.

“Despite this, no progress has been made, no legislation is ready, and the Government has shown no commitment or urgency on the issue since then,” said Ms O’Sullivan.

Our Plastic Problem

There are currently more than five trillion pieces of plastic floating in our oceans, weighing a whopping 250,000 tons – the same weight as almost 25,000 Dublin buses. [6]

In a 2016 survey, Coastwatch Ireland found that 80 per cent of surveyed coastal sites contained litter, with plastic bottles the major source of litter. [7]

According to Coastwatch Coordinator, Karin Dubsky, there will be “frightening consequences” for our marine environment without “serious action” from both our Government and world leaders.

“We have already seen increased mortality in many species due to ingestion and entanglement, toxic and reproductive impact along food chains and we now routinely find plastic in the seafood on our own plates,” she warned.

She called on the Government to introduce a range of policy measures such as a deposit-return scheme to reduce this “stubborn widespread litter load” before it reaches our marine environment.

She added: “As with any problem, the best solution is to get to the very source of it and stem the flow of plastic into our waste stream and into the environment.”

Related Link: http://greennews.ie/ireland-must-follow-uk-eliminate-pl...llar/

7576773812_198176622d_b.jpg

© 2001-2018 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy