Ireland seeks polystyrene packaging phase-out

Ireland's fast food sector will be pressed to phase out polystyrene packaging in favour of biodegradable alternatives under a voluntary agreement with the government, environment ministry Dick Roche revealed on Wednesday. As part of an anti-litter strategy, Mr Roche said he intended to negotiate agreements for three areas already identified as particularly problematic: fast food packaging, bank machine receipts and chewing gum (EED 24/09/04). The minister threatened the chewing gum sector, in particular, with a mandatory levy if it fails to propose meaningful measures to reduce littering problems quickly. See press release.

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