Homeowners face ‘green’ charges

Homeowners and consumers could face a special levy for new cars as well as penalties for refusing to sign up to waste collection systems.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan has announced an eight-week consultation period in which his department will consider views on proposals to address environmental concerns.

The potential increased costs for car and homeowners will be considered next year. The new ‘green’ charges may include special costs for tyres for producers because of a failure to account for waste tyres.

Mr Hogan launched a series of reports and consultation papers yesterday at a national waste summit in Dublin.

Under the proposals, homeowners are expected to be encouraged to reduce their rubbish collection by using weight based bin collection schemes.

A failure to use waste collection systems could result in sanctions for homeowners, the document proposes.

Mr Hogan pointed out that one study projected that if 80% of Irish households on pay-per-lift/tags and other systems switched to ‘per kg’ that this could lead to a yearly diversion from landfill of 446,000 tonnes of domestic waste.

Mr Hogan said his consultation paper pointed strongly towards this method of bin collection and asked how consumers could move to pay per kg model.

A separate report Mr Hogan launched found that a large percentage of waste tyres in Ireland were unaccounted for. Around 50% of the operators were not in compliance with regulations, the report found.

Ireland was also not meeting its targets recycling vehicles that were set to be scrapped, he said of another report. “This non achievement of targets has been questioned by the European Commission and my first priority is, if possible, to avoid any further escalation of the current infringement proceedings which Ireland faces,” he said.

Car manufacturers or new car buyers may be asked to pay an extra fee under proposals being examined, he added.

Consumers, households and stakeholders have until the end of January to make submissions to the Department of Environment on all the issues.


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