Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2274)

Richard Boyd Barrett


2274. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated cost of bringing waste collection services back into public ownership. [33584/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The obligations on local authorities in relation to collecting household waste are set out in section 33 of the Waste Management Act 1996, as amended. In summary, it provides that each local authority shall collect, or arrange for the collection of, household waste within its functional area. The obligation to collect or arrange for the collection of household waste shall not apply if:

· an adequate waste collection service is available in the local authority's functional area,

· the estimated costs of the collection of the waste would, in the opinion of the local authority, be unreasonably high, or

· the local authority is satisfied that adequate arrangements for the disposal of the waste concerned can reasonably be made by the holder of the waste.

It is always open to each local authority to re-enter the market on a commercial basis as they see fit and in line with legislation.

Under section 60(3) of the Waste Management Act 1996, as Minister, I am precluded from exercising any power or control in relation to the performance by a local authority, in particular circumstances, of a statutory function vested in it.