Family owned supermarkets and convenience stores have called for a total ban on single use plastic cups and plastic shopping bags ahead of the Irish general election, which be held on the 8 February 2020.
“A Latte Levy is just tinkering around the edges and will not make the dramatic change that a total ban on single use plastic cups and plastic shopping bags will deliver," said Tara Buckley, director general of RGDATA.
"RGDATA members are community based local shopkeepers and they are very frustrated that the compostable cups they have provided for their customers are being put into general waste and going into landfill instead of being composted."
Election 2020 Manifesto
The Retail Grocers’ Trade Association that represents 3,500 family owned shops, convenience stores and supermarkets throughout the country said that it has addressed the issue in its Election 2020 Manifesto.
Buckley added: "We are urging the political parties to commit to a total ban on single use plastic cups and plastic shopping bags by 2021."
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