12/09/2013

No Packaging Levy To Be Introduced

Mr Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, has announced that he has decided not to proceed with the introduction of a packaging levy.

The Minister also published a report on the issue, which is the second report to be published as part of the Review of the Producer Responsibility Initiative model in Ireland.

Speaking at the Environment Ireland Conference in Croke Park, Minister Hogan stated: "The main reason for my decision is that the introduction of a packaging levy is likely to generate a number of costs – to the legislative process, to public administration, to business – with few identifiable additional environmental benefits, given our very successful packaging recovery and recycling performance to date in Ireland."

(CD/JP)

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