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Mayor Holland highlights massive increase in illegal dumping

23 July, 2015 - by Sarah Holland


Mayor of South Dublin Sarah Holland has highlighted the massive increase in illegal dumping since bin charges were changed to go by weight.

Cllr Holland said

“In January this year, South Dublin County Council collected 184.6 tonnes of rubbish.  This increased month on month and in June, jumped to a staggering 542.78 tonnes.

 “It’s no surprise that this corresponds with a new charging structure from private waste collection companies.

“It’s no surprise that this corresponds with a new charging structure from private waste collection companies.

“I would encourage families to recycle and compost as much as possible in order to reduce the weight in general waste bins.  However, it needs to be pointed out that some struggling families simply cannot afford their bin charges.

“If it comes to making a decision between paying for electric or groceries and paying bin charges, I know what my choice would be.

“The Department of the Environments Waste Management Policy (2012) states

“It is intended to introduce a household waste collection waiver scheme and other alternative support schemes for low income households”

“I would call on the Minister for Environment to get his act together with this.

“When SDCC sold the waste management business to private operators in April 2011, the cost of clearing illegal dumping in the preceding year was €2.8 million. 

“According to figures obtained by Cllr Louise Dunne, the cost of clearing illegal dumping last year was €3.2 million and I have no doubt this figure will go up when people are hit with bigger bin charge bills.

“We need to look at this issue – privatisation has not worked but we are stuck with it now and we need to come up with a plan.”

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