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To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the steps he is taking to curtail the increase in illegal dumping linked to the rising cost of domestic waste collection charges. – Clare Daly.
REPLYIn line with the commitments set out in A Resource Opportunity – Waste Management Policy in Ireland, published in 2012, and in the interest of encouraging further waste prevention and greater recycling, flat-rate fees for kerbside household waste collection were phased out over the period autumn 2017 to autumn 2018.
My Department established a Household Waste Collection Price Monitoring Group (PMG) to monitor pricing developments for household waste collection services during the phasing out of flat rate fees. The PMG has met each month since September 2017 and has considered fifteen months of pricing data trends. The PMG has indicated that, in the vast majority of cases to date, charges have remained stable. Detailed data is available on www.dccae.gov.ie.
Obligations regarding reduction of emissions is not to the forefront of government policy. Ireland has little chance of reaching its 2020 target and there is no real commitment apart from lip service to address it.
To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the implications for the State’s emissions targets and broader obligations in regard to addressing climate change of potential expansion of energy intensive industry here, particularly if same is incentivised by government, as for example in plans to expand the number of data centres located here. – Clare Daly.