Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Ceisteanna (231, 239)

Helen McEntee

Ceist:

231. Deputy Helen McEntee asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the criteria for the proposed pay-by-weight charges including if he will provide concessions for families who generate more refuse due to health issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11462/16]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Gerry Adams

Ceist:

239. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to state the allowances or exemptions for the pay-by-weight waste charges for persons generating unavoidable waste due to chronic medical conditions. [11547/16]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Environment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 231 and 239 together.

My Department has met groups that represent people with special needs to discuss and explore the impact of pay-by-weight charging on households with special needs. My Department has also been in consultation with the HSE and the waste management industry to discuss the issue and to try to find a workable and fair solution to this important matter. Notwithstanding the complexity of the issues involved, I am hopeful that a number of possible solutions being explored as a matter of urgency can address these difficult issues.

Question No. 232 answered with Question No. 207.