Ó Cuív warns of waste 'cesspool'


Fianna Fáil deputy leader Éamon Ó Cuív has called on the Government to intervene in the row over the transfer of Dublin City bin collection services to a private company.

Up to 18,000 households in Dublin face a loss of bin services from today as the deadline for payment of fees passes.

Greyhound Recycling and Recovery, which bought the council’s waste collection business, has said it will stop collecting bins from former bin customers who have not yet signed contracts with the company.

There were heated and rowdy exchanges in the Dáil today about the controversy with several opposition TDs rounding on the Government over the council's handling of the issue.

Mr Ó Cuív urged the Government to intervene to stop parts of the city becoming a “cesspool” of waste.

He suggested the Minister for Health might have to be called in to deal with the public health consequences of waste being left on the city’s streets.

However, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said he would “take no lectures” from the deputy who had campaigned around the country, advising people not to pay the “modest registration charge” for their septic tanks.

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