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Single-Use Plastics Could Be Banned In Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown With Fines Introduced

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

07:19 13 Feb 2020


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Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is set to become the first local authority to ban certain single-use plastics.

Retailers and organisations who ignore the rules could face fines of up to €500.

Under these draft bye-laws, the likes of supermarkets, takeaways and other food businesses in the DLR area would be banned from selling or supplying certain single use plastics.

Companies who are caught using the likes of throwaway plastic containers, straws, utensils and even bottles could be fined.

They would have to be replaced with biodegradable options.

The ban was proposed by Fine Gael councillor Barry Ward who says we need to address the willful proliferation of single-use plastics;

"Single-use plastics are a major part of the material in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown that goes into waste, and many of them (e.g soft plastics) cannot be recycled, meaning that they are incinerated along with other "general waste" at the Poolbeg Incinerator."

Councillor Ward got the backing of the full council for a public consultation on the idea;

"This is the first step and councillors will have an opportunity to consider and amend the draft bye-law."

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