Ireland Needs to Create Less Waste

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We have to value products, materials and resources more as waste is causing huge environmental challenges. We need a sea change in attitude. We have to minimise our waste, as this is an essential part of Ireland’s plans to develop a sustainable, low carbon, resource efficient and competitive economy.

Ireland has to develop a strategic approach on plastics and chemicals, and we need to ensure that funds available under the EU’s Horizon 2020 and structural funds have targeted action in areas such as plastics, food waste, construction, critical raw materials, industrial and mining waste, consumption and public procurement.

Fianna Fáil’s plan to reduce waste

  1. Put realistic targets into law

    We will set the following targets:
    – That 65% of municipal waste is recycled by 2030;
    – That recycling 75% of packaging waste is recycled by 2030;
    – Reduce landfill to maximum of 10% of municipal waste by 2030;
    – And a ban on landfilling of separately collected waste.

  2. Increase capacity for recycling

    Build capacity in waste facilities for anaerobic digestion, hazardous waste treatment, plastics processing, recycling, waste-to-energy, and landfill and landfill remediation, to meet these objectives.

  3. Circular Economy Taskforce

    Introduce a Circular Economy Taskforce which would develop a detailed strategy to support Ireland’s transition to a circular economy.

  4. Increase funding

    Double funding for the National Waste Prevention Programme over 5 years.

  5. EU funding

    Aggressively pursue EU structural funds available through the EU Circular Economy Package.

  6. Innovation

    Double the Innovation for a Circular Economy fund.

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Create Less Waste

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Making Electric Cars the Norm

The future is electric.

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Driving Down Energy Costs

Irish consumers already pay more for gas and electricity than the vast majority of households across the EU.

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Green Deal Agency

Fianna Fáil will drive forward an ambitious home retrofitting programme designed to reach homes of all shapes, sizes and tenure types.

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Crack down on Illegal Dumping

It is estimated that approximately 60 tonnes of waste are dumped illegally in Ireland every day.

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Improve Public Transport

Every day, thousands of Irish commuters spend hours in bumper-to-bumper traffic or on overcrowded buses, with no alternative to get to work.

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Keeping Cyclists Safe

Much more needs to be done to support cyclists in our cities and beyond.

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