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Dáil debate called for as private company threatens non collection of household waste

14 February, 2012 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Following Greyhound Recycling’s announcement that it will stop collecting household waste from 18,000 Dublin city centre homes from Thursday Sinn Féin Deputy Leader and Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald TD has this morning called on the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to outline to the Dáil as a matter of urgency what actions in intends to take.

The Dublin Central TD said:

“The transferring of household waste collection from Dublin City Council to Greyhound Recycling for homes across the inner city has been shambolic from start to finish.

“Greyhound’s announcement that it intends to cease waste collections from 18,000 homes is a real problem not just for Dublin City Council, the city’s citizens and visitors but ultimately it is a priority problem for Environment, Community and Local Government Minister Phil Hogan.

“Due to the urgent nature of the issue I’ve written to the Ceann Comhairle this morning requesting that the Minister come before the Dáil this afternoon to outline what actions he intends to take if Greyhound carries out its threat of non-collection.

“Illegal dumping across the city is already at unacceptable levels, so it is unimaginable what it will be like if Greyhound refuses to pick up the household waste of 18,000 homes across the city for an indefinite period.

“Non-payment is an issue that needs to be dealt with but Minister Hogan, like the rest of his government colleagues, needs to wake up to the fact that if they continue to heap new taxation measures on low income households something has got to give.” ENDS

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