Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (268)

Denis Naughten


268. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department has ceased the purchase and use of single-use plastics; the public bodies and agencies under his remit to which he has issued an instruction to cease the purchase and use of single-use plastics; when the instruction issued; the bodies which have confirmed that they no longer purchase and use single-use plastics, respectively; the bodies which have not provided such confirmation to date; when they will confirm; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29983/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I can confirm that my Department ceased the purchase of specific single use plastics before 1st January, 2019.

With regard to bodies under my Department’ aegis, the Deputy will be aware that there is a diverse and wide range of bodies under the education sector including:

- Non-commercial agencies

- Recognised schools

- Education Training Boards (ETBs)

- Higher level institutions. (HEIs)

All education bodies, including schools, agencies, higher education institutions and education and training bodies are asked to implement these actions as part of our contribution to environmental actions and sustainability. School Management Bodies were advised of these obligations also. The notifications to cease the purchase of certain single use plastics were issued between late December 2018 and January 2019.

Education bodies are obliged as public bodies to report to myself, as Minister, by end November 2019 on waste reduction and increasing recycling measures.