Green welcome for u-turn on recyclable bin charges

Published 28/05/2016 | 00:00

Wexford Green Party chairperson Ann Walsh.
Wexford Green Party chairperson Ann Walsh.

The Green Party in Wexford welcomed the government u-turn on introducing mandatory minimum pay-by-weight charges for the collection of household recyclables.

But it says the government must now do more to promote recycling over landfill or incineration as part of its efforts to bring about better waste management.

'I'm glad that the new government has recognised the futility of introducing these charges,' said Wexford Green Party chairwoman Ann Walsh.

'Given a choice most people will behave responsibly and do what's best for the environment. Why then should they be penalised for disposing of waste responsibly?'

'We need to encourage an appreciation of the importance of recycling and of looking after our environment rather than implementing yet another charge when so many people are struggling to get by.'

party leader Eamonn Ryan, in welcoming the decision not to bring in the charges, said it was a short sighted move.

'The public outcry against the charges shows the level of support for meaningful recycling initiatives. It's now up to the waste management companies to ensure that recycling stays free to the public,' he said.

Ms Walsh said that she would like to see more done at a local level to encourage greater levels of recycling and composting. She mentioned a composting pilot project undertaken in recent years by Wexford County Council.

'When tested the compost was found to be better than commercially available peat moss,' she said.

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