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Regulation of waste management companies or costs will rise - Colreavy

29 January, 2015 - by Michael Colreavy TD

Sinn Féin TD for Sligo/Leitrim and spokesperson for natural resources Michael Colreavy has called for regulation of charges imposed by waste management companies in the private market.

Deputy Colreavy has worked with Sinn Féin spokesperson on Environment, Community and Local Government, Brian Stanley and members of Sligo County Council, Cllr. Sean MacManus and Cllr. Thomas Healy to raise the matter in the Dáil.

Deputy Colreavy said:

"Minister Kelly seems to think or hope that the forthcoming Regional Waste Management Plans will address many of the weaknesses of the current system.”

“Neither my colleague Brian Stanley nor I think this is the case.”

“On the basis of what we already know of the plans, there is very little incentive to reduce, reuse, recycle before considering disposal. On the contrary, if incineration of waste is to feature in the strategy there will be a push to increase rather than reduce the amounts of waste presenting. Additionally, there is also no clear evidence that customer costs will be controlled by the privatised companies.”

“Unless and until there is an independent, transparent regulation of pricing in this area, the costs will inevitably continue to increase.”

“I commend Cllrs. Healy and MacManus for working to bring this important issue before the people of Sligo. This is an example of good local democracy - making people aware of important issues that will impact their future and passing concerns on to TDs who seek to improve National policy and legislation.” 

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