Fórsa tables waste remunicipalisation proposal

Fórsa, other unions and Dublin City Council have developed a new waste management proposal off the back of a cross-party composite motion calling for the remunicipalisation of household waste services. The motion was passed last July.

The council working group responsible for the remunicipalisation of waste services made a number of recommendations including an assurance that Dublin City Council would provide funding to conduct research, in partnership with a third level institution, to develop a roadmap to a new waste management system for the capital.

Other recommendations include examining the challenges that face the project and ensuring that people with the necessary expertise are included in its planning and execution.

Peter Nolan, who heads Fórsa’s Municipal Employees’ and Local Government divisions, said the current system of unregulated private waste collection had led to a chaotic market, increased costs and a huge growth in illegal dumping.

“Given the evidence, it is clear that a public waste collection service will provide a more efficient service to the citizens of Dublin. However, we need a new approach as a return to the service provided in 2012 is not desirable,” he said.

The proposal will be put before Dublin City Council at a meeting in December.

This story was first published in the Fórsa members’ news bulletin (Local Authorities edition) on Thursday 7th November 2019. Read the full edition here.