Stephen Collins: politicians should look at a plastic bottle refund scheme

Objections from drinks companies and supermarkets should not prevent reform

 The storms in March threw up  mounds of plastic bottles and other plastic debris  around Dublin Bay. Photograph:   Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The storms in March threw up mounds of plastic bottles and other plastic debris around Dublin Bay. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

With so many households awash with accumulated rubbish this week from mounds of Easter egg packaging to empty plastic and glass bottles, it is time for politicians and the Irish public to take a serious look at recycling.

The sudden conversion of right-wing British Tory environment secretary Michael Gove to a detailed national policy of recycling has exposed the lack of action or even serious thought about the subject in this country.

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