Greens welcome Scottish bottle refund scheme announcement

5th September 2017

Party call on Government to support Waste Reduction Bill 2017, which would introduce a similar scheme here

The Green Party today welcomed the announcement by the Scottish Government that a deposit refund scheme on drinks containers is to be implemented in Scotland, and called for the Irish Government to drop their opposition to such a scheme being implemented here.

The Party called for the Government to support their Waste Reduction Bill 2017, which passed second stage in the Dáil in July, and will come before the Oireachtas Environment Committee during the next Dáil term.

Speaking today, Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD said: “We warmly welcome the announcement from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that a bottle deposit scheme is to be rolled out across Scotland. It is vitally important that we reduce the levels of plastic waste ending up in the environment, and move towards a more sustainable, circular economy. We also commend the work of our colleagues in the Scottish Greens on this issue too.

“We’re now calling on the Government to get behind our Waste Reduction Bill, which will introduce a similar scheme here in Ireland. The Bill passed second stage in the Dáil in July, and we want to see it pass through committee stage as soon as possible. If Scotland can introduce a deposit return scheme, there is no reason why we can’t do the same. All we need is the political will from Government to see this common sense Bill enacted.”

Every year, over 110 million tonnes of plastic is produced. Of this, up to 43% ends up in landfill. According to the UN, 8 million tonnes of plastic leak into oceans each year. This is equivalent to dumping a truck of plastic into the sea every minute. It is now predicted that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish and that 99 per cent of seabirds will have ingested plastic.