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Highest Consumers Of Single Use Plastics In Midlands Revealed

A chart has been created for the towns in Laois, Offaly and Westmeath.

The people of the midlands are being challenged to reduce their consumption of non-recyclable plastic by 12kgs per year. 

Founder of Cease Using Single-Use Plastic Simon Ruddy is behind the call after putting together a table of hotspots across Laois Offaly and Westmeath. 

Portlaoise topped the charts, getting through 1,330 tonnes per year followed by Athlone on 1,300 and Tullamore, which uses 880 tonnes. 

The target comes from UN sustainability goals for 2030, which advocates for the elimination of all non essential plastics. 

Mr. Ruddy says to achieve this we have to take an approach of consistency:


WESTMEATH:  Annual Total 5,400 tonnes
 

County Westmeath: Single-Use Plastic Hotspots 

Town 

Current Annual Volume (tonnes) 

Annual Reduction Target (tonnes)  - UN Aligned 

Athlone 

1300

91

Mullingar 

1270

89

Moate 

170

12

Kinnegad 

165

11

Rochfortbridge 

90

6

Killucan 

80

6

Kilbeggan 

75

5

Castlepollard 

70

5

 
OFFALY:  Annual Total 4,700 tonnes
 

County Offaly: Single-Use Plastic Hotspots 

Town 

Current Annual Volume (tonnes) 

Annual Reduction Target (tonnes)  - UN Aligned 

Tullamore 

880

62

Edenderry 

445

31

Birr 

345

24

Clara 

200

14

Banagher 

105

7

Ferbane 

72

5

Daingean 

65

4.5

Kilcormac 

56

4

Rhode 

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