Making Louth plastic free

Louth County Council

Donard McCabe

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Donard McCabe

Making Louth plastic free

Louth County Councillor Anne Campbell seconded Councillor Godfrey's motion to "Make Louth plastic free"

Louth County Councillor Anne Campbell, has thrown her support behind a motion tabled by Councillor Frank Godfrey, at last week’s local authority meeting, where it was proposed that Louth County Council lobby the Minister for the Environment to introduce deposits on plastic bottles and cans.

The motion was put forward to encourage recycling and stop pollution, and ultimately to make Louth a “plastic free zone”. Cllr Campbell seconded Cllr Godfrey’s motion, praising  Cllr Godfrey for bringing the 'timely' motion before the council and added she was pleased to see it receive cross-party support in the chamber.

Cllr Campbell focused on the issue of disposable coffee cups in particular and said:

"Around 500 billion of these cups end up in the world's landfills every year. A staggering 200 million of them are dumped in Ireland alone each year.

"I would like to see Louth County Council follow their colleagues in Cork Council who last week initiated a scheme at the local authority where they provided 'keep cups' for staff and members of the public.

"These reusable cups ensure that single use coffee containers are not as widely used."

She also suggested that Louth County Council officials, who are involved in organising the Fleadh 2018 in Drogheda, would consider using these 'keep cups' as a Drogheda Fleadh branding opportunity and make them available to the public at the event.

Cllr Campbell said after the meeting, that she welcomed the response from Chief Executive Joan Martin that the committee would explore this idea and also welcomed Ms Martin's agreement, that the plastic water cups in the council chamber would no longer be available.

In addition, the councillor said that as a member of the Planning and Environment SPC, she will continue to explore ways the local authority could take the lead in reducing plastic waste.