At tonight’s City Council meeting we approved new Waste Bye Laws. These bye laws update existing regulations relating to the separation, storage and presentation of Household and Commercial Waste.
The key issues provided for in the updated Waste Bye Laws include:
⁃ Specific requirement relating to multi use and multi let rental properties
⁃ Continuation of designated waste collection days
⁃ Facilitation of bin sharing arrangements for householders
⁃ How waste containers are maintained and stored
⁃ Where bags or sacks may be used as waste containers
⁃ Segregation and Contamination of Household Waste
While I welcome these new regulations, it is somewhat ironic that Sinn Fein, Labour, Green and Fianna Fáil Councillors called for more litter bins, better enforcement of waste regulations and clearing of bottle banks and bring centres. Why so? For it was these parties that voted to approve a City Council Budget for 2019 which contained cutting the amount of money to be spent on:
⁃ The operation of our Recycling Facilities
⁃ Litter Warden Service
⁃ Provision and improvement of Litter Bins
⁃ Enforcement of our Waste Regulations
⁃ Implementing Waste Management Plan
Sinn Fein and their coalition partners in Labour, Fianna Fáil and the Greens continue to speak out of both sides of their mouths on this issue. They increase charges on tenants but refuse to invest in the enforcement of waste regulations or the provision of new litter bins that’s the approach of this Sinn Fein alliance.
Fine Gael Councillors opposed the Council Budget because of these cuts and if you elect enough Fine Gael Councillors in May’s Local Elections, I commit, as Fine Gael Council Leader to ensure that litter and waste enforcement is properly resourced and that litter bins are located where we need them and that recycling facilities and bottle banks are cleared more efficiently.
The philosophy of the Sinn Fein alliance on the City Council is to blame everyone else so that they cant be held responsible for anything. This approach isn’t working for Dubliners and that’s why Fine Gael is putting forward the strongest slate of candidates possible to stand up best for Dublin and Dubliners.