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EPA report confirms Sinn Féin fears that inequitable waste charges would result in back yard burning

15 September, 2005

Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Arthur Morgan T.D. has said the finding contained in the EPA report "The Nature and Extent of Unauthorised Waste in Ireland" validates the concerns raised by Sinn Féin in the past that inequitable waste charges would result in increased backyard burning and fly-tipping.

Deputy Morgan said, "The EPA report found that approximately 80 per cent of all local authorities identified backyard burning as being a significant issue while also finding that more than one-fifth of all households did not have, or were not availing of, a waste-collection service in 2003.

"This is no coincidence. As cash strapped local authorities apply huge annual increases in inequitable services charges people who cannot afford these charges are obviously turning to other methods of disposing of their waste such as back yard burning and unregulated operators who are involved in fly-tipping. The Government needs to face up to this. Proper recycling facilities, including separated waste collection must be provided in all areas. While excessive and inequitable waste charges remain illegal disposal of waste will remain a problem and is likely to increase." ENDS

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