Independent Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has suggested that bringing back glass milk bottles could go a long way towards reducing Donegal’s carbon footprint.
A discussion around plastic recycling was to the fore of the Glenties Municipal District’s monthly meeting in Dungloe Public Service Centre.
“There was a big discussion around plastic yesterday, with a large contribution from other councillors. The consensus was that our reliance on plastic needs to be reduced dramatically.”
Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig says that often, it is left to the consumer to ‘think green’ – but the manufacturers that produce this waste are equally responsible.
“Not everything has to come in packets, and not all consumers want things in packets.”
“We should be looking at alternatives in relation to milk. What’s wrong with the idea that we go to a shop and we fill up our own jars that we have ourselves instead of this continuous use of plastic?
“The average family, especially families with young kids, go through a huge amount of milk. Creameries and other companies need to look at waste production, we’re too reliant on plastic.”
The recycling centres in the Glenties Municipal District are currently up for tender for private companies, however Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig believes these centres should be State run.
“I’m opposed to it [recycling centres] being outsourced – that our waste becomes profile. I strongly believe that these centres should be organised by Donegal County Council.”
Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig has been in touch with Donegal Creameries to pitch the idea and is currently awaiting a response.Tags: