Dublin City Council has removed rubbish bins from Dartry and Orwell parks, because they were often used to dispose of dog poo, and the parks department doesn’t deal with that – waste management does.
Finding places to put overground bottle banks has become harder and harder, as they can be noisy and unsightly so neighbours don’t want them nearby.
Even though it’s a busy shopping street, Meath Street in the south-inner city has just one lonely bin.
It was launched to help tackle illegal dumping in the city centre. But, despite all the founders’ work, the problem persists.
Independent Councillor Vincent Jackson says he has been pushing for a refundable deposit scheme since 1995, but that the response from government to him has been that it “doesn’t suit”.
Dublin City Council has fined waste-collection companies only 26 times in the last two years, according to a council press officer.
We need to consider the needs of low-income families, and make sure that workers’ rights are protected and recycling is incentivised, writes UCD political economy lecturer Andy Storey.
Councillors say they are waiting to see whether the promised roll-out happens.
Some households in the inner city don’t have room for bins, so they’ve been given exemptions to keep using bags. But they’re still being pushed to switch.
If you live in the inner city, you might be familiar with the problem: a pile of empty bottles in your bin, and no place to recycle them. Why aren’t there any bottle banks nearby?