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Tuesday, 25 October 2005 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Commission Question Time

  Gay Mitchell (PPE-DE). – Would the Commissioner agree that one of the best ways to manage waste is not to create it? Is he aware, for example, in Ireland again, that a 5 pence – as it was then – charge on plastic bags in supermarkets in particular simply resulted in people not taking plastic bags away from supermarkets and going back home to bringing bags to supermarkets to collect goods? This had a huge impact on waste management in Ireland.

There may well be other practices in other Member States from which we could learn. Would the Commissioner see it as his role to benchmark for Member States best practice in other Member States so that we could use that as a resource?

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