Sinn Féin campaign against the bin charge hikes gathers steam – McDonald

Speaking at a rally in Dublin last night in Wynns Hotel Mary Lou McDonald TD called on households to join Sinn Féin in campaigning against the unfair bin charge hikes over the summer months adding that what Ireland needs “is a cohesive waste management strategy implemented by government that is fair and protects the environment for generations to come”.

The Sinn Féin Deputy Leader said:

“The bottom line is that the new system of charging for waste collection will mean higher charges for households who are left to the mercy of commercial operators. As things stand these operators can charge what they like and customers have little recourse.

“Struggling households, large families and those with a medical condition or a disability will be hardest hit, and their fear is that there is only direction that charges will go and that’s up.

“Most families already separate their waste yet the government would have us believe that the environmental impacts of waste can be negated one wheelie bin at a time. This is nonsense. The ‘Polluter Pay Principle’ is a strategy to individualise solutions to collective problems.  As a policy it is working against tackling climate change and serves primarily to let governments across Europe, including our own, off the hook from their most basic of responsibilities.  

“Ireland needs a cohesive waste management strategy implemented by government that is fair and protects the environment for generations to come. It’s time now to discuss bringing waste management back into public ownership.  At a minimum the sector must be regulated. Manufacturers and wholesalers must be obligated to end the excessive use of packaging for goods at source.

“Abandoning waste management to a disparate band of private operators is bad for households and the environment. There is no consistency of service delivery or real long-term environmental protection under the current free for all regime.

“Sinn Féin will continue to campaign with our local communities against the bin charge hikes throughout the summer months and we will bring the campaign to government when the Dáil and Seanad resume.” CRIOCH