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More supports needed to curb costs of preventing illegal bonfires – Ó Snodaigh

21 November, 2015 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Dublin South-Central JPC is to write to the Minister for the Environment on the foot of reports presented at its meeting yesterday evening showing that over 1,000 used tyres were recovered by Dublin City Council staff locally, in addition to 80 tonnes of other material, in the run up to Halloween. The JPC wishes to ask that some tracing method and a recycling regime be introduced to stop them ending up on bonfires in the city in the future.

Speaking about his request Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD said:

“Similar to plastic bags or electrical goods, financial disincentives should be in place to stop the tens of thousands of tyres burnt yearly around Halloween in particular from polluting our environment.

“Tyres are easily recyclable. Garages, tyre dealers and manufactures need to encouraged to recycle and discouraged from giving tyres to youngsters, or not securing them sufficiently.

“There is a cost to the City Council each year, which is money which would be better spent on housing, maintenance or other Council services rather than chasing kids around to recover thousands of tyres from them." 

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