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Doolan urges City Council to adopt Zero Waste

13 June, 2005

Sinn Féin's Dublin Environment Spokesperson & Representative for Dublin South East, Councillor Daithí Doolan, speaking before the monthly City Council meeting, "urged the City Council to adopt a Zero Waste strategy at tonight's meeting."

Speaking this morning in City Hall, Dublin, Cllr. Doolan said:

"Tonight's special debate on waste management will give the City Council a unique opportunity to endorse a Zero Waste strategy and bin the option of incineration for Dublin. Nobody doubts that we face a waste crisis in this city but to simply impose land fills and incinerators is not the solution. We need to look beyond simply burning and burying our waste and now is the time to do exactly that. Despite bullying from the Minister this council must stand up be counted, we run the City not faceless bureaucrat's or civil servants. Incineration is bad for Dublin and I hope tonight that message is heard loud and clear.

"Across Europe, in the US and Canada incinerators are being shut down as the argument for incineration is being lost. Similarly here in Ireland we need to tackle the waste crisis at source, we need to reduce the waste at production, reuse where appropriate and invest in our recycling industry. If the proposed incinerator goes ahead in Dublin then incineration will get locked into the waste management cycle and becomes virtually impossible to remove. In the current Waste Strategy, adopted in 1998, incinerators become the cornerstone and their appetite needs to be satisfied by increasing our production and consumption of waste. This can not be allowed to happen, a radical and relevant strategy needs to be implemented based on community consultation and democratic accountability. Here in Dublin we have the opportunity to make a real difference to the Waste Strategy for the Dublin region by adopting a Zero Waste strategy."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, urged, "all those Councilor's who want seriously tackle the waste crisis to come out and support the Zero Waste option tonight."

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