Paul Leahy

Bray People - - LOCAL ELECTIONS -

WICK­LOW needs to re­visit its waste man­age­ment pol­icy re­gard­ing re­cy­cling. It is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult for people who are com­mit­ted to re­cy­cle waste prod­ucts to do so.A skew wise ap­pli­ca­tion of the laws of eco­nom­ics ap­ply to waste dis­posal where cat­e­gories of waste are re­fused by waste re­cy­cling cen­tres be­cause it is un­eco­nomic to ac­cept.

In the long run is it not more un­eco­nomic to have people burn or send their waste to land­fill? The big­ger pic­ture is be­ing ig­nored here. This ap­plies to hard plas­tic in par­tic­u­lar where there is now only one fa­cil­ity in Car­low.

Do­mes­tic prod­ucts such as un­washed te­tra paks and soft plas­tic are also be­ing re­fused. This dis­crim­i­nates against people who do go to the trou­ble of wash­ing their waste.

Given the prof­its made by the waste re­cy­cling in­dus­try one would ex­pect a more com­mu­nity friendly pol­icy to pre­vail.


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