“The less waste people produce, the less they will have to pay” said Minister Hogan.

This was what Minister Hogan said on July 12th 2012 at the launch of the Governments new waste policy docment ‘ A Resourse Opportunity’ and incentivisation by refuse collectors to make it cost effective for households to segregate their waste was to be enforced. However since then we have the launch of City Bin and now Greyhound’s new flat rate charging system due for January 2014 against 33K of its ex DCC waiver customers, which charges a set amount for a year regardless of whether one presents a bin for collection or not. No savings for households there and no reason to segregate your waste, except of course a By Law which stipulates that Organics must be segregated, and possibly a fine from the council for non compliance not a great model at all.

25/07/12

Separate collection of organics will be a required waste permit condition for those collecting from households within population centres of a given size and will be introduced on a phased basis over a 4 year period, beginning with larger population centres.

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Mr Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government today, 25th July 2012, launched the Government’s new waste management policy. Protecting our environment will reduce consumers’ waste costs and virtually eliminate landfill.

Minister Hogan also said that our natural environment and ‘green’ image is one of Ireland’s greatest assets, ‘We must protect the environment, not only for its own value and our well-being, but for our green image, for the tourism and food sectors and to attract foreign investment.

The underlying principle of this Policy is protecting that vital asset. It is about minimizing the amount of waste we produce, eliminating landfill and maximising waste as a resource to produce new products and renewable energy.’

The policy published today stresses the environmental and economic benefits of better waste management, particularly waste prevention. ‘When we cut the amount of waste we direct to landfill, we also cut costs for families and businesses.

“The less waste people produce, the less they will have to pay” said Minister Hogan.

The Minister also pointed to the opportunities to generate renewable energy from waste through a variety of technologies. ‘We need to ensure that a range of appropriate infrastructure and quality standards are developed and applied, and we need to look differently at what we considered to be waste in the past, as a resource opportunity to be maximised’ concluded the Minister.

– Source Dept Of Environment, Community, and Local Government.