Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Fingal, Deputy Darragh O’Brien has welcomed the decision by Minister Coveney to scrap plans that would have seen households charged for recycling their waste in green bins calling it a ‘sensible’ decision.
“Households should be encouraged to recycle as much of their waste as possible, segregating recyclable materials into the green bins, separate from household rubbish.
“These proposals which would have seen the pay-by-weight system introduced for green bins would have seen the incentive for people to recycle greatly reduced. This in turn could have also risked an increase in illegal dumping. It has been reported in the media that Dublin City Council spends more than €55,000 every single month dealing with the issue - nearly €700,000 per year.
“Scrapping this pay-by-weight proposal for green bins is the most sensible decision that Minister Coveney could have taken. Charging for non-recyclable household waste, in tandem with an absence of charges for green waste should lead to the considerable progress in encouraging recycling we have made in recent years being continued.
“The EPA has said the majority of households will benefit under the new pay-by-weight scheme, notwithstanding this some larger families could be charged more. This is fundamentally unfair and needs to be addressed by giving families an allowance for children.
“In government, Fianna Fáil doubled the percentage of municipal waste that is recycled from 20% to 40% from 2002 to 2011. We are a party committed to recycling and managing the environment sustainably and will continue to push for this in the future,” concluded Deputy O’Brien