Ireland proposes levy on disposable cups

James Marshall
November 6, 2019

Environment Minister Richard Bruton says they are to encourage more sustainable behaviour. Our first response must be to reduce the amount of waste created in the first place. Bruton's department said the rate of the disposable cup levy would likely be 0.10 euros, 0.15 euros or 0.25 euros once it concludes a six-week consultation and market research.

"In introducing a coffee cup levy, clear pricing information will be vital".

Neighboring Britain resisted calls by campaigners and lawmakers to impose a similar levy on single-use coffee cups past year, opting instead to reduce the use of the cups through voluntary measures.

Under the new plan, the plastic bag levy will increase from 22c up to 25c and will expand this tax to medium-weight plastic bags, although "bags for life" will remain exempt.

There would also be a so-called "Waste Recovery Levy" at €5 a tonne.

This would apply to the three key waste recovery options: landfill, incineration and export.

An increase of the landfill levy by €5 per tonne to €80 per tonne has also been proposed.

These changes would come into force during 2020 and 2021.

These new levies and changes will be introduced in phases.

The federal government will develop a second part of levies from 2022, targeted on take-away meals containers, and a 3rd part in a time frame to be chose to deal with meals packaging in shops together with for bakery objects, fruit and greens.

The exact scope and rate of such levies is to be developed, but these items will also be included in the consultation.

All revenue raised from these measures will go into the Environment Fund and be reinvested in environmental action, such as tackling waste blackspots and litter community programmes such as the National Spring Clean initiative, Tidy Towns and the development of community areas and gardens.

Minister Bruton added: "Climate disruption is the biggest challenge facing this generation".

The federal government hopes the proposed levy of as much as zero.25 euros per cup will encourage espresso drinkers to as a substitute carry round reusable "Keep Cups" that already enable clients to say a reduction in some espresso retailers.

The second phase, which is set to be completed by the end of 2023, will include levies on takeaway containers.

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