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Hogan must legislate for regulation of waste industry

13 May, 2012 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Fein's Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has today called on Minister for Environment Phil Hogan to immediately introduce the promised legislation to regulate the domestic and commercial waste industry.

Responding to reports that Greyhound waste has sold its interest in Dublin's commercial rubbish collection business to nearest rival Panda, O'Snodaigh said:

“Greyhound bought the service from Dublin City Council amidst controversy only to sell off to their rivals in Panda within four months. The original deal cost Dublin City Council €1,300 a day in legal fees to Ernst & Young. And now Greyhound have simply sold up and moved on.

“Sinn Féin has asked Minister Hogan on numerous occasions to introduce promised legislation to regulate this industry. Minister Hogan claimed he had concluded his consultation with stake holders and would be bringing proposals to cabinet at Easter. If he has brought proposals to cabinet then he should let us see them and debate them.

“Sinn Féin supports legislation that would regulate this industry. We have argued for local authorities to be the regulating agency. The legislation should ensure that commercial and domestic waste companies do not operate cartels, work to high standards, introduce a national waiver scheme and are answerable to local authorities for their services.

“And finally contracts awarded to commercial waste companies should have a review clause by which local authorities can review or cancel the contract if the waste companies breach the agreed terms.”

In conclusion Deputy Ó Snodaigh said: “I intend raising this issue in the Dáil on Tuesday to ensure there is a full debate. Minister Hogan, as minister for environment and local government, must be held to account for his lack of action on this important issue.” ENDS

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