Republican News · Thursday 27 July 2000

[An Phoblacht]

Government waste strategy in total disarray - SF TD

The Government's waste management strategy is in total disarray, according

to Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin. Deputy Ó Caoláin was responding to

the decision of Galway Corporation to reject incineration.

Deputy Ó Caoláin and his five Sinn Féin colleagues on Monaghan County

Council last week secured significant amendments to the Draft Waste

Management Plan for the North-East Region, incorporating Cavan, Louth,

Meath and Monaghan. Sinn Féin amendments adopted by the Council include a

requirement for local authorities to collect segregated waste from ALL

households in the region. The original plan provided for collection only

from households in towns of over 500 population.

Welcoming the Galway decision, Deputy O Caoláin said:

``The key amendments to the plan for the North-East proposed by Sinn Féin

and adopted by Monaghan County Council expose the inadequacy of the

government's waste management strategy. The extension of door-to-door

collection of segregated waste to all homes points the way to a better Plan

which will reduce, reuse and recycle waste. Such a Plan would not rely on

incinerators to which we are opposed.

``It is clear from all these developments that the Government's waste

management strategy is in total disarray. Their plan to build a network of

incinerators throughout the 26 Counties is meeting a wall of public

opposition. It is time for the government to go back to the drawing board

and to heed the words of the EU Director of Waste Management Ludwig Kramer

who said at a Conference in June of last year: `Those countries which are

in the process of drafting their planning should not base it upon


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