One way to reduce litter is to encourage the government to adopt a deposit/refund scheme for single-use bottles and cans. This would apply to all alcoholic and soft drinks, bottled water and juices. Such programmes are successfully up and running in many American States, Canada, Australia and several EU countries.
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VOICE has just published its latest newsletter. In it we have outlined the government’s new Household Food Waste Regulations, our recent policy submissions, our new food waste challenge and more.
VOICE has been advocating the adoption of a container deposit/refund scheme for glass and plastic bottles and aluminium cans for many years. Our Coordinator presented our findings at the Coastwatch’s workshop on such a scheme last week. Frank MacDonald of the Irish Times wrote about this proposal. See Article
One day a year, we should take stock of our behaviour to see if we can change some of our habits to be more earth-friendly. Please check out a Billion Acts of Green for good ideas.
VOICE has been shortlisted for the 2013 Green Awards for its Feeding the 5,000 Dublin event last November. We were nominated under the Green Corporate Citizen Category. Fingers crossed!
As Ireland puts together its Resource Efficiency Roadmap programme, we urge you to contact Minister Phil Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org and urge him to include a deposit/refund system as an essential tool to reduce waste and promote resource efficiency.