Monday 24 April 2017

Better to delay the new system than plough ahead with a complete mess

'There is no point in introducing such a system unless it incentivises people to segregate their waste.' Photo: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie
'There is no point in introducing such a system unless it incentivises people to segregate their waste.' Photo: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Given the ongoing furore about pay-by-weight bin charges, the most sensible course of action for the Government is to suspend the introduction of the new system.

There is no compelling reason as to why it must come in to force on July 1. Ireland is well on track to reach EU targets on diverting waste from landfill, and recycling what's left over, and it's more important to get a system which is transparent and fair, rather than engaging in greenwashing.

The public has been subjected to a most confusing introduction to the 'polluter pays' principle.

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