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Dáil Éireann - Private Members Business (AAA-PBP)
21 June 2016


“That Dáil Éireann:

notes:

—    the steady increase of charges for waste collection and the removal of waivers since the privatisation of waste management;
—    the recent outrageous plans to increase the standing charges for the collection of household waste that are proposed by many private waste management companies;
—    the severe hardship these rises will inflict on many households and families, particularly the disabled and those on low incomes; and
—    the dramatic increase in numbers of households reducing, reusing and recycling over recent years and that the plans to increase these charges flies in the face of the so-called ‘polluter pays’ principle;

calls on the Government to:

—    immediately take action to prevent private waste management companies from implementing the planned increases;
—    ensure that the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government meets with the said companies as a matter of urgency;
—    ensure that standing charges cannot be increased out of line with the Consumer Price Index;
—    implement rules for maximum pay by weight charges of 11 cent for residual household kerbside waste, six cent for food and bio waste and zero cent for recyclables per kilo; and
—    reinstate waivers for pensioners, disabled persons, carers, all those whose primary income comes from social welfare payments and low-paid workers in receipt of Family Income Supplement; and

makes the following changes to page 13, item (III) in Section 20 ‘Other conditions to be attached to waste collection permits’ of S.I. No. 24 of 2016:

—    delete ‘not less than’ and replace with ‘not greater than’; and
—    insert ‘and also ensure that any fixed or standing charge does not increase in any one year by an amount any greater than the Consumer Price Index as calculated by the Central Statistics Office’ after ‘of the Act’.” — Richard Boyd Barrett, Bríd Smith, Gino Kenny, Mick Barry, Paul Murphy, Ruth Coppinger.