Campaign to see Dublin’s waste services returned to local authorities gaining momentum

Recent report highlighted Dublin as the 'wild west' of waste collection services in Europe

by Rose Barrett
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The campaign to remunicipalise Dublin’s waste collection service took another major step forward yesterday when campaigners took their demands to TDs and senators at Leinster House.

Cllr Daithí Doolan, chair of Dublin City Council’s Remunicipilisation Working Group, said: “This is a significant step in our campaign. Our coalition of political parties and trade unions are bringing our demands to the Dáil. Members of the Oireachtas will be left in no doubt what needs to be done to bring the bin collection back in to public ownership where it belongs.

Cllrs, Senators and Union reps outside the Dail yesterday

”The recent report by Institute of Public Administration highlighted that Dublin is the ‘wild west’ of waste collection services in Europe. The bin companies no longer serve the interest of householders or the environment. This cannot be allowed continue. The public deserve better than this.

“Yesterday’s event was hugely significant as organised by Sinn Féin, Forsa and SIPTU. Ultimately taking the bin service back into public ownership will require the government introducing legislation to allow Dublin City Council take back the service. We will be asking TDs from all political parties and Senators to support introducing this legislation as soon as possible.

“Across Europe the momentum is behind taking local services back under the control of local authorities so yesterday was an opportunity to become part of that change and to take the bin service back into public ownership. This will be a benefit to householders struggling with the cost of living crisis and will also benefit tackling climate change.”

Earlier this week, the recent charges introduced by Panda Home Waste Solutions for the lifting of organic bins across Dublin 15 was debated heavily at a meeting of Fingal County Council. Three motions were passed all relating to bin services; Cllr Tania Doyle (Ind) sought to have the council approve the taking back of local waste services from private operators; SF sought to have a group formed within the council to spearhead the reclaiming of local bin services while Labour sought to request the Minister to undertake legislative changes so as to facilitate the return of waste services to local authorities.

Feature photo shows Cllr Daithí Doolan speaking at yesterday’s meeting with Dáil deputies and Senators

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