Policy Work

Submissions and Political Campaigning

VOICE Submission on the Deposit Return Scheme - Consultation on Potential Models for Ireland. 12 November 2020

VOICE have long called for an effective DRS system in Ireland. VOICE made the following observations on the consultation document.

VOICE DRS Consultation nov 2020

Press Release on the Waste Action Plan for the Circular Economy.  4th September 2020

VOICE issued the following press release on the governments plan to address waste and support the circular economy. 

WAP Press Advisory

Letter to Minister Ryan on the interpretation of Plastic and Single Use in the Single Use Plastics Directive. 

VOICE wrote to Minister Ryan to ensure that guideline documentation for the Single Use Plastic (SUP) Directive include a robust definition of plastic, and also that multiserve items are considered single use.

ERyan SUP letter


 National Marine Planning Framework Consultation. 9th April 2020

VOICE compiled this report on fishing gear and marine litter as part of SWANs submission on the National Marine Planning Framework Consultation. 

Recommendation for national policy on treatment of fishing gear as it relates to marine litter

Letter to Minister Bruton on the issue of Reusables during the COVID19 crisis. 2nd April 2020
VOICE submitted the following letter to the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment on the importance of Reuse and to ensure that the significant gains made to date are not lost through the COVID19 crisis.

Letter To Minister Bruton on Reuse during COVID19

Circular Economy Economy Package 2020
VOICE made a detailed submission to the public consultation for the Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy.

Circular Economy Package submission VOICE

Coffe Cup Consulstation (Laté Levie) 2019
VOICE submitted it's comments on the proposed Laté levy in december 2019.

VOICE coffee cup consultation

Environmental Packaging Levies 2019

VOICE made a submission on the governments Proposals on the intorudcciont of packaging levies across a arnage of products

Waste levies gov proposal 2019

Waste Reduction Bill 2018

Mindy O'Brien testified on the Waste Reduction Bill in the Dail to help move it to the next stage.

Waste Reduction Bill Oireachtas Testimony

Citizens' Assembly 2017

VOICE made a submission to the Citizens' Assembly in 2017 - 'How the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change'

Submission to Citizens Assembly

Climate Change Bill 2010

Read VOICE's submission in response to the consultation on the Climate Change Response Bill 2010.

Together with Friends of the Earth, VOICE facilitated the public to make their own submissions through the Friends of the Earth website.

Submission on Climate Change Response Bill

Awards and Recognition

Green Awards 2019 - Winner - Green NGO of the Year
All Ireland Community and Council Awards 2019 - WINNER