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We need a waste management system that works for people, for communities and for our environment – Cullinane

30 July, 2019 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Climate Action and the Environment David Cullinane TD has today published a new discussion document on the re-municipalisation of waste management, saying that “the time has come to look seriously at the possibilities and practicalities of bringing domestic waste collection back into the control of local authorities”. 

Teachta Cullinane said:

“The privatisation of domestic waste collection has not served us well. 

“The high cost of bills is contributing to financial worry for many families. The level of recycling has stagnated. There has been an upsurge in illegal dumping across the State. There are more trucks on our roads. There has been a race to the bottom in respect of working conditions in the industry. 

“All of that demands an adequate response and the time has come to look seriously at the possibility and practicality of bringing domestic waste collection back into the control of our local authorities, who managed waste services for decades.

“We are the only State in Europe that has completely privatised domestic waste collection services and we are the only EU State persisting with ‘side-by-side’ competition, which means numerous operators serving the same communities, contributing to increased pollution and traffic problems.

“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.

“The time has come for this to be examined across the State and I will be asking the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action, and the Environment to undertake a series of hearings to look at an alternative to the current system.

“In my view, that means introducing a franchise model of waste collection 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.” 

Note: Please see the document attached

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