Ireland plans to introduce new levies on single-use plastics and waste

The Government looks set to push forward with a series of new environmental levies to encourage behavioural change and bring in additional funding to tackle waste blackspots.

Speaking this morning, the Minister for the Environment Richard Bruton TD announced a number of proposed levies to crackdown on single-use plastics, landfill and incineration use and takeaway waste. The plans will soon go out to public consultation.

Notable levies now planned for introduction in 2020 and 2021 include:

  • A latte levy on disposable cups somewhere between 10c and 25c
  • Plastic Bag Levy increase from 22c to 25c
  • Increase in the Landfill Levy by €5 per tonne to €80 per tonne;
  • €5 per tonne Waste Recovery Levy for incineration and waste exports

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