[Sinn Fein]

25th June 2002

¤24 Tax on Bins

The Cathaoirleach of Clones Town Council, Councillor Pat Treanor, has called for an immediate review and evaluation of the Government's so-called Waste Management Strategy, and the introduction of the Kerbside collection scheme. Cllr. Treanor was expressing the anger felt by residents in Clones, who were informed by letter over the weekend that a new Government Tax has been imposed on the cost at landfill sites, from 1st June.

Cllr Treanor said

``Over the period of a full year this tax will amount to ¤24 per household, bringing the yearly charge to ¤264. Refuse collection was 60 per household in 1998, when the Local Authority had responsibility for it. This represents nearly 400% increase since waste disposal was privatised.''

Article 11, Section 73 (1) of the Government's Waste Management (Amendment) Act 2001, gives the Minister for the Environment the power to: ``make regulations providing that there shall be chargeable, leviable and payable, a levy in respect of waste disposal activity.'' Article 11, Section 73 (10) states that: ``A person who fails to.....pay the levy or comply with the provisions of the regulation.....shall be guilty of an offence''.

This is an intolerable situation when no alternative to bin collection has been provided for.

``In the short-term I urge the County Council to introduce a Kerbside Collection Scheme in Clones. This would mean that households could opt for a smaller bin at a reduced cost. In the longer term, the main practical way in which sustainable development, breaking the cycle of failed waste management strategies and increasing the role of the community in more effective and environmentally friendly waste management is to implement a zero waste strategy.''

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