Plastics used to make plastic barrels are not allowed in Ireland, the country’s largest bulk wholesaler.
Plastic barrels have been banned in some countries in Europe but there are a number of alternatives available to consumers.
However, the Irish Government has decided to keep the ban on plastic barrels at the moment.
“We are committed to the use of a wide range of products including recycled plastics, in accordance with the UK, Irish and European law,” the Government said in a statement on Monday.
“These include those used for the manufacture of bottles, caps and paper, as well as for the storage of bulk material for other uses.”
However, we have a duty to provide information about the use and environmental impact of products in the public domain, so we are providing this information on the use, and environmental impacts, of plastic in Ireland.
“The decision to ban plastic barrels comes after the Irish Independent revealed the Government is using a new approach to dealing with plastic pollution, following a landmark report by the European Commission.
In a report published on Monday, the Commission’s environmental group called on EU countries to make the plastic from which the plastics are made available to the public for free.
The EU’s top environmental official said the EU’s plastic industry needs to act more rapidly and take immediate action to reduce its use.”
The current plastic use in the EU is not sustainable and must be addressed,” he said.”
This is why the EU must ensure that the new plastics available for reuse are also free of harmful substances and must also be recycled.
“The Government said it would also ensure that a minimum level of plastic waste is produced.”
In the long term, this will require significant investment in sustainable reuse of plastic containers,” the statement said.
It added that there are currently around 300,000 plastic bottles in the UK alone, which will be phased out over the next five years.
The Government has also committed to establishing a €1.3 billion scheme to recycle plastic bottles.