Monday 27 January 2020

Rogue 'recyclers' must be stopped

'Prime Time Investigates' on RTE on Monday was a real eye-opener on the slip-shod approach to implementing new Irish environmental laws.

Paul Maguire's undercover expose on what takes place in the dirty world of tyre recycling showed exploitation of the law by unregistered dealers at its worst.

While already hard-hit motorists are squeezed for millions in recycling charges, tyres are being indiscriminately dumped by unscrupulous 'quick-buck' operators.

Cargos are quickly unloaded in bogs, secret warehouses, pits excavated in farmyards and under building site foundations, or slipped across the Border to operators in the North.

Unless Environment Minister John Gormley decides on taking action now, an ecological disaster is imminent. The rogue dealers are making vast fortunes flouting the law and destroying our beautiful landscape. Should a fire occur at any of these massive dumps, the outcome would be worse than the ash fumes from the Icelandic volcano.

James Gleeson
Co Tipperary

Irish Independent

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