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Household bins collection should come back under control of local authorities – Mitchell

1 August, 2019 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Dublin Denise Mitchell TD has said it is time for an urgent review of waste policy and to seriously consider bringing domestic waste collection back under the control of local authorities.

The Dublin Bay North TD said:

“Local authorities successfully managed waste collection for decades across the State, and then it was privatised.  We are now the only state in Europe that has completely privatised our waste collection service and allows private operators compete directly against each other.

“This has resulted in a race to the bottom in terms of workers’ rights and pay; it has led to increased costs to households and, as we have seen in places like Dublin, there has been an upsurge in illegal dumping and illegal landfills being run by rogue operators.

“Earlier this year, South Dublin County Council passed a motion tabled by Sinn Féin Mayor Mark Ward calling for the re-municipalisation of waste collection services and this was followed by a similar motion being passed by Dublin City Council.

“We in Sinn Féin are calling for this issue to be examined by the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and the Environment. It is also our view that a franchise model of waste collection be introduced as a first step towards re-municipalisation so local Councils can insist on proper standards of delivery, better controls, affordable prices for households and ending the ‘side-by-side’ waste collection system.

“We need to ensure we have a waste management system that works for all; for people, for communities, for workers, and for our planet. Profit cannot supersede the environment.”

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