To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his strategy for banning the purchase of single use plastics with regard to public contracts in which single use plastics are used; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Clare Daly.
On 3 January 2019, the Government decided that Government Departments would no longer purchase, directly or indirectly, single use plastic beverage cups, cutlery or straws. From 1 March 2019, this policy will also apply to all public bodies. Certain limited exemptions are in place for reasons of public health and hygiene.