Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (312)

Denis Naughten


312. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Justice and Equality 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. [29989/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

My Department's staff and key suppliers were informed directly upon receipt of the Government Decision of 3 January to cease purchase, directly or indirectly, of certain single-use plastics, namely beverage cups, cutlery and drinking straws. The purchase of new stocks of those items was ceased immediately.

On 9 January, the Justice Sector’s Energy Performance Officer wrote to the bodies operating under my Department’s aegis (listed below), advising them of the Decision.

Bodies were asked to provide me with details, by end-November 2019, on the measures being taken to minimise waste generation and to maximise recycling. 

My own Department recently launched a Green Team, which will be working to raise awareness among staff on environmental and sustainability issues generally, including the need to minimise waste and energy use and to maximise recycling.

I have contacted the listed bodies to request that they provide a direct reply to the Deputy on their progress to date in implementing the Government Decision.

The relevant bodies are:

An Garda Síochána

Courts Service

Garda Síochána Inspectorate

Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission

Insolvency Service of Ireland

Inspector of Prisons

Irish Film Classification Office

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

Irish Prison Service

Legal Aid Board

Legal Services Regulatory Authority

National Disability Authority

Office of the Data Protection Commissioner

Policing Authority

Private Security Authority

Probation and Welfare Service

Property Services Regulatory Authority