The Government has published a new Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy. RGDATA Director General Tara Buckley is a member of the Advisory Group that met over the past weeks to discuss the plan.
In relation to the proposed Deposit and Return Scheme (DRS), the document states:
"We will introduce a deposit and return scheme for plastic bottles and aluminium cans. In delivering this, we will work closely with the food and drink industries, retailers, waste collectors and treatment facilities, and our colleagues in Northern Ireland"
For packaging, the plan puts a lot of responsibility on the packaging producers. e.g. producers will be made liable for a minimum of 80% of the costs associated with the waste management of the amount of packaging they place on the market. All packaging on the Irish market is to be reusable or recyclable by 2030.
A number of single use plastics including cutlery, plates and single use beverage containers are to be banned by July of 2021.
Food waste options are to be made available for homes and businesses.
Click here to read the Waste Action Plan.