The Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment Brian Stanley TD has said that the fire at the Oxigen premises at the weekend underlines the need for tighter regulation of the waste collection sector. The Laois/Offaly TD raised the issue in the Dáil this afternoon.
Deputy Stanley said:
“The fire at the Oxigen plant in Tallaght, apart from the huge risk it presented to people in the vicinity, underlines the need for stricter regulation of the waste collection sector. It is clear that privatisation has brought about a situation where there is less control over waste collection and disposal than there was when waste was the responsibility of local authorities.
“I have heard of situations where householders are now paying people to collect their waste as they no longer pay the charges required to have them collected by licensed operators. Is there any efforts being made to monitor such operations or where they dispose of the waste they collect?
“There is also the question of who was responsible for monitoring the operation of the Oxigen premises which clearly presented an accident waiting to happen according to reports about the manner in which compacted waste was stored there.
“I would like the Minister therefore to give an assurance that the current consultation process will lead to legislation that will tighten up the regulations that will ensure that existing guidelines are enforced, and so avert a repeat of what happened in Tallaght and a potential disaster occurring in the future.”