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Stanley publishes Sinn Féin PMB on Bin Charges

29 June, 2017 - by Brian Stanley TD


Sinn Féin TD and Environment spokesperson Brian Stanley has today published Sinn Féin’s PMB on Bin Charges to be taken in the Dáil next Wednesday.

On the issue of Fianna Fáil’s proposed motion on the same issue, Deputy Stanley said that “it was an attempt to gazump Sinn Féin by putting forward a weaker motion that lets the Government off the hook and does not deal with the issue in a substantive manner”.

The Laois TD said:

“Our Motion objects to the attempt by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to introduce a new punitive bin charges regime towards the end of the Dáil term in an attempt to bypass the scrutiny of the Dáil and affirms that the collection of household waste is a basic public service that is essential for healthy living and maintaining a safe and clean environment.

“Sinn Féin calls on the Government to immediately withdraw the proposed changes to the waste permits in regard to designated charging structures. The Government must study the feasibility of greater public ownership and the possible remunicipalisation and increased regulatory control of household waste collection

“Those with medical conditions and disabilities, large families and low income households will bear the brunt of the government’s decision to allow private operators to charge whatever they want for an essential service.

“The government’s present position of simply leaving those people to the mercy of commercial operator is unacceptable.

“We need to have drastic reduction in the volumes of waste produced by industry and at wholesale level. This should not be passed onto households to dispose of and these changes introduced do not in any way prevent waste being produced in the first place. This needs to be addressed along with addressing the charging of low income households.” ENDS

Note: Please see the text of the Motion below

That Dáil Éireann

objects to the attempt by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to introduce a new punitive bin charges regime towards the end of the Dáil term in an attempt to bypass the scrutiny of the Dáil;

Acknowledges that:

·         the proposed changes to the pricing structure for the collection of household waste announced by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment are neither transparent, or fair;

·         the collection of household waste is a basic public service that is essential for healthy living and maintaining a safe and clean environment;

·         they fail to account for those vulnerable customers  who, because of their age, infirmity, family size and personal circumstances produce above the average amount of household waste;

·         the Government’s proposals do nothing to minimise the production of unnecessary packaging by the producer of goods;

Calls on the Government to:

·         immediately withdraw the proposed changes to the waste permits in regard to designated charging structures;

·         put in place a waiver scheme for low income households as promised by the last Government;

·         study the feasibility of greater public ownership and the possible remunicipalisation and increased regulatory control of household waste collection;

·         create a system of obligations on manufacturing companies and wholesalers to reduce packaging being produced at source and to prioritise the minimisation of waste across society.

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