Prohibit the Sale of Single-Use Plastic Products

Prohibit the Sale of Single-Use Plastic Products

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Stefano Ceolotto started this petition to Mr. Denis Naughten TD (Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment)

Petition to ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Mr Denis Naughten TD, to prohibit the sale of single-use plastic products for which there exist bio-degradable alternatives readily available and economically accessible.

 

The amount of plastic litter in oceans and seas is growing, to the detriment of ecosystems, biodiversity and potentially human health, and is a cause of widespread concern. Many plastic products can take thousands of years to bio-degrade; and, at the moment, plastic makes up 80-85% of the total volume of marine litter.  At the same time, valuable material that could be recycled is lost. Moreover, plastic production and disposal in incineration plants contribute to climate change, since both activities release considerable quantities of greenhouse gasses (GHGs) in the atmosphere.

For these reasons, the European Commission has proposed a directive to reduce the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (COM(2018) 340 final).

As part of this Directive, it will be prohibited for Member States to sell single-use[1] plastic products for which there exist bio-degradable alternatives readily available and economically accessible (Article 5). Such products include:

  • Cotton bud sticks, except for swabs intended and used for medical purposes
  • Cutlery (forks, knives, spoons, chopsticks)
  • Plates
  • Straws, except for straws intended and used for medical purposes
  • Beverage stirrers
  • Sticks to be attached to and to support balloons, except balloons for industrial or other professional uses and applications that are not distributed to consumers, including the mechanisms of such sticks.

For all these items, there are several compostable and bio-degradable options immediately available on the market at no or a very small extra cost for final consumers. In addition, their adoption in place of their plastic versions will significantly reduce the amount of marine litter (and, more generally, plastic litter), thus leading to considerable savings in their removal from Irish beaches and their disposal in dumps and incinerators, as well as environmental and health benefits due to GHGs emissions reductions.

For these reasons, with this petition we respectfully ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Mr Denis Naughten TD, the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, and the Irish Government to take a pro-active approach, by starting to put in place the required actions to prohibit the sale of the above mentioned single-use plastic products as required in the European Commission Directive’s Proposal. We also ask that the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Mr. Denis Naughten TD, the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, and the Irish Government consider an extension of the ban to plastic bags to those used to contain fish, meat, fresh poultry, fruits, nuts, vegetables, confectionary, dairy products, cooked food, and ice which are currently not subject to the Irish Plastic Bag Levy.



[1] According to the Directive’s Proposal a 'single-use plastic product' is a product that is made wholly or partly from plastic and that is not conceived, designed or placed on the market to accomplish, within its lifespan, multiple trips or rotations by being returned to the producer for refill or reused for the same purpose for which it was conceived (Article 3).

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