Government must take the lead in ending plastic waste

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Government must take the lead in ending plastic waste

Fine Gael has another chance this week to join the rest of the Dail in supporting waste bill, writes Eamon Ryan


In our heart of hearts, we know this throwaway culture has to change. (Lynne Cameron/PA)
In our heart of hearts, we know this throwaway culture has to change. (Lynne Cameron/PA)

We are sick and tired of plastic waste. All those bottles and cups littering our most scenic spots. Watching David Attenborough on Blue Planet II, we realise that this trash is polluting our waters, wildlife, and food chain.

In our heart of hearts, we know this throwaway culture has to change. We are starting to realise the false economy in shipping so many raw materials backwards and forwards across the world. What we want instead is a new circular economy which treats our natural resources with care.

Then there is the ticking time bomb of climate change. For every kilogrammes of plastic we use, six times that weight of greenhouse gases is released into our atmosphere. We have to change tack rather than allow our planet to become so polluted and burned.

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