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TD calls for 'stigmatising' bin tags to be dropped by South Dublin County Council

23 January, 2004

Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe TD for Dublin South West has called on South Dublin County Council to immediately withdraw its bin tags after he claimed that the colour coded system "stigmatises individuals and families on low incomes".

He went on to point out that it merely served to highlight again one of the many injustices of the Bin Charges.

The Dublin South-West TD said: "I am at a loss as to why these different blue and yellow stickers are even necessary. What difference does it make to the bin collector if the person has a waiver or not? Why should pensioners, social welfare recipients and people on low incomes be identified as different?

This tagging system is an unnecessary and backward decision by the Council that stigmatises individuals and families on low incomes. I am calling on the Council to immediately end this social labelling which is insensitive to say the least.

"Of course this is just another example of the casual unfairness of the Bin Charges, an unjust tax which forces ordinary people to subsidise the pollution of industry and big business. Instead of a 'polluter pays' principle, we have a 'polluter profits' scheme." ENDS

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