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Written Answers - Waste Management

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 No. 2

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 169.  Deputy Robert Dowds Information on Robert Dowds Zoom on Robert Dowds  asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government in view of Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan  the fact that persons who have bin waivers in south Dublin will lose their waivers in April, when he is going to make waivers available on a national basis. [3063/12]

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan The Programme for Government contains a commitment to introduce competitive tendering for household waste collection, under which service providers would bid to provide waste collection services in a given area, for a given period of time and to a guaranteed level of service.

A public consultation designed to inform the policy development process concluded in September 2011. A large number of responses were received from a broad spectrum of interests. As one might expect, a consensus is not apparent and, on almost all of the relevant issues, a considerable breadth of opinion was expressed including in relation to the issue of waiver schemes. All of the responses received, in addition to a summary document, are avail[361]able on my Department’s website, I expect to be in a position to submit final proposals in relation to household waste collection to Government early this year. All policy proposals will be carefully considered by Government and will take account of the full range of issues and perspectives. The position regarding waivers for low income households will be among the issues for consideration in this context.

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