Ireland aiming to be first country to eliminate use of disposable cups with new legislation

Posted on July 29, 2022 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations


IRELAND IS aiming to be the first country in the world to eliminate the use of disposable coffee cups, nearly half a million of which are sent to landfill or incineration every day, or 200 million every year.

Under the Circular Economy Bill published today, the country is aiming to shift towards a sustainable pattern of production and consumption that will minimise waste and reduce greenhouse emissions.

A circular economy is one in which waste and resources are minimised and the value and use of products is maintained for as long as possible.

This process will begin with a ban over the coming months on the use of disposable coffee cups for sit-in customers in cafés and restaurants, followed by the introduction of a small charge on disposable cups for takeaway coffees that can be avoided completely by using a keep cup.