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Doolan slams Minister for lack of zero waste strategy

26 May, 2004

Sinn Féin Representative for Dublin South East, Daithí Doolan, today slammed Minister for Environment, Martin Cullen for engaging in "election gimmickry instead of putting forward a Zero Waste Strategy".

Mr. Doolan said:

"Once again this government is on a pre-election spending spree and is opening an 8.5 million euro recycling facility in Ballymount. While I welcome this facility in Ballymount it will have a minimal effect without an integrated recycling plan for the whole of Dublin. It must be remembered that this is the minister who is hell bent on forcing incineration into our communities. Recycling would of course remove the need for incineration and would facilitate the phasing out of landfill.

"If we are to seriously address our waste crisis in the capital it is not election gimmickry we need but a Zero Waste Strategy based on reducing our waste at the point of production, reusing where practical and investment in our fledgling recycling industry.

Mr. Doolan concluded by calling on the Minister, "to invest in the former Irish Glass Bottle factory in Ringsend. This is a factory that provided the state with the only glass recycling service in this state. The money is obviously there, it just needs to be invested in this infrastructure. This would be a real and practical way of addressing our waste crisis." ENDS

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