Local election candidate, Trish Forde-Brennan, is calling for Limerick County Council not to take waste management off the agenda when it is being squeezed by budgetary cutbacks. The last thing we need is to fall back on our targets having made such effort to promote the principle of reduce, reuse and recycle. As a green I see the real benefits of recycling in terms of a cleaner landscape but I equally recognise its potential for job creation. That is why I welcome the news that Minister John Gormley is making €259,850 available to Limerick County Council to assist in meeting the operating costs of bring banks and civic amenity facilities.
This funding, which subsidises costs incurred in the period July 2008 to December 2008, amounts to €6.4m nationally, which is an increase of €1.4m compared to the equivalent period in 2007. This increase demonstrates the minister’s determination, even in these times of economic difficulty, to continue to provide support for measures aiding the recovery and recycling of waste. It is also recognition of the difficulties caused by the drop in the market for recyclates during this period.
The funding is provided from the Environment Fund, which is made up of the proceeds of the plastic bag and landfill levies.