Minister Denis Naughten has spoken to coffee retailer Insomnia and fast-food restaurant Supermacs about reducing the use of disposable coffee cups in a bid to cut down on waste.
Last night, Green Party’s Waste Reduction Bill made its way through Second Stage in the Dáil.
In a rare move, the Labour Party co-sponsored the Green Party’s Bill, allowing it to proceed in their Private Members’ slot yesterday.
The bill, which has cross-party support, has two main aspects. One is introducing a recycling deposit scheme for plastic bottles, glass bottles and cans. The other is banning single-use, non-compostable plastics such as coffee cups.
Speaking last night, Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan said he was delighted it had passed Second Stage in the Dáil, meaning it will now proceed to Committee Stage where the detail of the scheme can be scrutinised.
“We all recognise the need to cut down on the amount of plastic waste being produced, and the amount going to landfill,” he said.
“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.”
Minister Naughten said he agreed with some aspects of the Bill, but had a number of concerns, particularly around costings.