New Green Bin Charges Compounds Illegal Dumping: Munster

Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath, Imelda Munster, has criticised the decision to introduce charges for green bins saying it will lead to less recycling and an increase in illegal dumping.

Deputy Munster said:

“In Louth we have recently seen the decision taken by the CEO of Louth County Council to remove the plastic bottle bank facilities throughout the county despite the fact that they had become hugely popular and successful methods of recycling and awareness.”

“Within days of this happening the entrance charge at the recycling centre was increased. And now we have plans by waste collectors to introduce a new charge on green bin collection on top of existing waste collection charges.”

“We have already witnessed an increase in illegal dumping both in rural and urban areas, and in some cases on public streets in the middle of housing estates, and this new charge is only going to compound this problem even further.”

“It is a lazy policy which will lead to more illegal dumping and less recycling. The government planned this move two years ago but kicked it down the road when there was opposition to the plan. Despite this fact, charges are now to be introduced, with China’s decision to shut its doors to our recycling waste being used as an excuse.”

“People cannot afford another household charge. This is another charge on families which serves no purpose as it will not lead to an increase in recycling.”

“We need to address supermarket and packaging waste and ensure that materials that can be recycled by businesses and households are used in packaging, rather than materials such as plastic wrapping that is now not recognised as recyclable waste for the purpose of green bin collection.”

“Industry has a role to play here. The government can’t solve these problems by slapping yet another charge on hard-pressed families.

We cannot allow illegal dumping to become the norm – Kenneth Flood

Cllr Kenneth Flood has welcomed the passing of his motion at Drogheda Council in a bid to combat illegal dumping in South Louth.

Speaking after the meeting where it was agreed to start an information campaign to combat illegal dumping Cllr. Flood said,

“I am glad that following my motion Louth County Council has committed to increase its promotion of safe and appropriate disposal of household and other waste materials, but we elected rep’s, the public, all of us together, cannot allow the illegal dumping plaguing our towns and countryside to become the norm or to become socially acceptable”.

“All over the country local authorities are trialing initiatives such as hidden CCTV, phone app’s, posting images of dumpers etc., to try and stop illegal dumping. But in order to stop this we have to collectively shine a light on dumping and make it socially unacceptable.”

“This information campaign along with the increased presence at litter black spots by the council’s litter warden’s will go some way to tackling the problem. But to end this problem once and for all every resident of Drogheda and South Louth needs to shine a light on dumpers and report it as soon as it is seen”.

https://www.louthcoco.ie/en/Services/Environment/Litter-Control/

Cllr Kenneth Flood Gets Tough on Illegal Dumping

With illegal dumping on the increase throughout Drogheda, Sinn Féin Cllr. Kenneth Flood has been raising the issue at Drogheda Municipal District Meetings over the past months.

Commenting Cllr. Flood said

“The director of services for operations confirmed to me that Louth County Council was disposing of 22 tonnes of waste left at council bins per month. That is an increase of 8 tonnes previously.

“The council have been proactive in attempting to catch offenders who illegally leave domestic waste at public bins by adding a weekend roster of litter wardens and by liaising with the waste disposal companies to ensure that every household in the county does in fact have their waste collected, as they are required to do by law.

“But they have also confirmed that although the litter wardens do examine as much of the illegally dumped waste as possible and fines have indeed been issued to offenders, the amount of illegally dumped domestic waste is just too vast for the litter wardens to examine fully.

“I contend that illegally dumping domestic waste is an affront to our town and countryside. I am aware that the introduction of domestic waste charges has added a financial burden on struggling families, but much of what is being dumped could be recycled at a minimal cost to the householder.

“Louth County Council should initiate a waste information campaign highlighting the fines and penalties that offenders will incur but also listing cost saving measures and Council Sites where recyclable domestic waste can be disposed of cheaply and legally.

“In the past, the council had a magazine called Eco News, that listed all the information any householder would need on properly disposing of their waste, but that was discontinued.

I have submitted a motion for May’s Drogheda Municipal District Meeting asking for this information campaign to be initiated and I intend to follow through until we turn the tide against illegal dumping”.

Link for newsletter

https://www.louthcoco.ie/en/Services/Environment/Forms/EcoNews-Issue-6.pdf

Here is the motion for upcoming Council meeting,

With illegal dumping on the increase in The Drogheda Municipal District, this council will initiate an information campaign, to run in tandem with The Councils increased enforcement efforts,  listing recycling and bring bank centres in The Drogheda Municipal District and what is allowed to be disposed of there, the reintroduction of Louth County Council’s Eco News, and a local media campaign listing the fines and penalties that offenders will incur and detailing Louth County Councils recycling points.