Sinn Féin tables motion to stop imposition of green bin charges
Sinn Féin has today tabled a motion on the Dáil order paper which would stop the imminent imposition of green bin waste charges if it receives the support of a Dáil majority.
Speaking this afternoon, the party’s spokesperson on Communications, Natural Resources and Climate Change, Brian Stanley TD said;
“Green bin waste charges, facilitated by bad legislation from former Labour Minister Alan Kelly, are counterproductive, will discourage recycling of household waste and accelerate the already widespread practice of illegal dumping of rubbish. It will also disproportionately punish those on low incomes, carers and those who suffer from disability or ill health.
“From both a fairness and equality point of view and an environmental point of view, this legislation is a disaster.
“Sinn Féin has therefore tabled a motion on the Dáil order paper which would stop the imminent imposition of these charges should it receive the support of a Dáil majority.
“We are urging Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to allow this motion to be taken and voted on at the earliest opportunity.”
Sinn Féin motion follows:
“That Dáil Éireann;
- Recognises the strong public opposition to green bin charges and opposes the introduction of a pay-by-weight system imposed by the previous Labour Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly which is due to come into effect from July 2016;
- Recognises the serious financial difficulties this system will cause for the 70,000 carers across the state who cannot recycle medical waste material, and; low-income earners; those in receipt of state benefits, and those who suffer from ill health or disability;
- Recognises that the introduction of green bin charges will discourage people from recycling their household waste;
- Calls on the Government to take into account the concerns expressed by citizens, carers and advocate organisations and stop the imminent imposition of this scheme.