Tuesday 25 October 2016

Householders 'will sell their waste in five years'

Published 22/10/2015 | 02:30

Alan Kelly
Alan Kelly

Households in some parts of the country will be selling their waste instead of paying annual bills within five years, Environment Minister Alan Kelly has claimed.

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Homeowners who segregate their waste into organic, recyclables and 'black' bin waste can expect to be paid because the refuse will be used as incinerator fuel and to produce compost.

And Mr Kelly also said he was confident that a global deal on climate change would be reached at a Paris summit in November.

However, Ireland would look for special exemptions for our agriculture sector from the European Commissioner because it produced food in an environmentally-friendly manner.

He said the current targets were "unrealistic" and that it was "no secret" that Ireland would not reach 2020 targets to reduce emissions.

However, progress was being made and the State was going "in the right direction".

He also said that some households in Dublin would be selling their waste in the coming years for use as a fuel in incinerators and to produce compost and energy

"I believe in a short few years we are going to have some households selling their waste to energy providers or other waste processors in Dublin," he said.

"We need to view household waste as a potential resource that has a value when processed, and not something to export.

"I believe exciting innovations are on the way in this space."

Irish Independent

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