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Hogan must regulate domestic waste sector: Stanley

7 March, 2013 - by Brian Stanley TD


Sinn Fein spokesperson on environment, community and local government Brian Stanley TD has called on Minister Hogan “to match action with words and to regulate the domestic waste sector and introduce a national waiver scheme”.

Responding to reports that Minister Hogan has signed an EU ban on dumping food waste into domestic bins, Stanley said:

“'Sinn Fein is on record as supporting a zero waste strategy. This means reducing, reusing and recycling our waste. Separation of waste is key to this strategy.

If properly implemented, this will lead to a phasing out of land fill and remove the need for any incinerator on the Poolbeg Peninsula. But in order for this process to work the minister must introduce proper regulation of the domestic waste industry and must introduce the long awaited waiver scheme.

“This government made a commitment in its Programme for Government to introduce a national waiver scheme but it has yet to see the light of day. To introduce bans on waste in the absence of proper infrastructure, waivers or regulation will only result in further increase in illegal dumping.”

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