Dáil votes in favour of Deposit Refund Scheme for bottles

12th July 2017



Green Party welcome passage of Waste Reduction Bill 2017

The Green Party have welcomed the passage of the Waste Reduction Bill 2017 through second stage in the Dáil tonight.

The Bill, which would introduce a Deposit Refund Scheme on bottles and cans, and ban non-compostable, non-recyclable single use plastics, such as disposable coffee cups, was not opposed by Government, and will now proceed to Committee Stage.

Speaking after the debate, Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD said: “We’re delighted that our Waste Reduction Bill has passed second stage in the Dáil, and will now proceed to committee stage where we can get into the real detail of our proposals and make them a reality.

“On behalf of the Green Party, I want to thank the Labour Party for introducing this Bill during their Dáil time and extend my thanks to all the other parties who supported this Bill this evening. We appreciate that other parties have their own proposals on this issue, and we look forward to working with them in advance of the committee stage.

“We all recognise the need to cut down on the amount of plastic waste being produced, and the amount going to landfill. There is broad consensus that the measures we’ve proposed are sensible, achievable, and will have a positive impact for the environment and for consumers. We are convinced this can be done in a way which increases recycling, reduces litter, saves the householder money and wins public support for protecting our environment.”