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Pay-by-waste collection cards for Dublin

Dublins move to charge householders for residual waste collections has met with approval from Irelands Government.

The capital city has announced that householders will have to pay E340 (£235) to have a standard 240-litre wheeled bin collected every week in 2005.

Cynics suggest such charging amounts to a stealth tax, and the UK Government has ruled out allowing variable charging in the near future.

But Ireland Environment Minister Dick Roche welcomed Dublins move as he spoke of the success of such policies on increasing recycling across the country.

The adoption by the city council of a pay-by-use waste system is progressive and in line with established Government policy, said Roche.

It results in a win-win situation for the householder and the environment and I look forward to other councils adopting the same common-sense approach.

Roche added that levies on plastic bags and sending waste to landfill had provided direct benefits to the environment as well as providing E42 million for further projects.

The Government said the success of this policy of taxation could be seen in statistics. Irelands recycling rate has risen from 13% in 2001 to more than 20% now. The amount of waste going to landfill fell by 4.5% in 2002. And plastic-bag litter fell by 94%.

Bringing our waste-management costs in line with our competitors in the EU requires that we develop modern integrated waste-management systems to deal with our waste, added Roche.

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