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Doolan-EU Commission must adopt Zero Waste

7 June, 2006

Sinn Féin's Dublin Environment Spokesperson Councillor Daithí Doolan speaking from Brussels today has slammed, "EU attempts to force incineration on communities across Ireland."

Speaking after a meeting with EU Commissioners today, Cllr. Doolan said:

"Sinn Fein has brought a delegation here today to let the Brussels bureaucrats know that we will oppose their attempt to upgrade incineration on the waste management ladder . It is a cynical attempt to impose their will on the people of Ireland simply because the battle for incineration is being lost on the home front by Minister Dick Roche and his EU allies. The delegation is made up of public representatives, NGOs, community groups and campaigners, and it clearly indicates the level of concern felt by people in Ireland on the issue. But having also met MEPs and European NGOs I have every confidence that the Commission will be forced to rethink their position on this important issue.

According to Cllr. Doolan:

"No one doubts that Ireland, indeed the whole EU, faces a massive waste crisis, but simply promoting and imposing incineration on people will not solve the problem. If we allow incinerators to go ahead then they will get locked into the waste management cycle and will become impossible to remove. Today we have the opportunity to make a real difference by abandoning plans for any more incinerators and adopting a Zero Waste Strategy based on reducing, reusing and recycling of waste. The EU must invest in research and development rather than the failed entity of simply burning waste."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan called on, "the Irish MEPs to act on what they heard today and lead the charge against the Commission and in support of the Zero Waste option." ENDS

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