Sinn Féin TD for Sligo/North Leitrim and spokesperson for Natural Resources, Michael Colreavy, has called for regulation of charges imposed by waste management companies in the private market.
Deputy Colreavy has worked with Sinn Féin spokesperson on Environment, Brian Stanley and members of local councils to raise the matter in the Dáil.
“Minister Kelly seems to think or hope that the forthcoming Regional Waste Management Plans will address many of the weaknesses of the current system,” said Deputy Colreavy.
“Neither my colleague Brian Stanley nor I think this is the case. On the basis of what we already know of the plans, there is very little incentive to reduce, reuse, recycle before considering disposal.
“On the contrary, if incineration of waste is to feature in the strategy there will be a push to increase rather than reduce the amounts of waste presenting. Additionally, there is also no clear evidence that customer costs will be controlled by the privatised companies.”
Deputy Colreavy insisted that, unless there was an independent, transparent regulation of pricing in this area, the costs of disposing of household waste will “inevitably continue to increase”.