Clonmel councillors are calling for a national refuse waiver scheme to be introduced, to alleviate the financial burden on some households.
At this month’s meeting of Clonmel Borough Council, a motion put forward by Cllr Helena McGee to call on the Department of Social Protection to introduce a scheme as a matter of urgency, was supported by all councillors.
Clonmel’s refuse waiver scheme ended one year ago, 12 months after the service was privatised. While it was mooted that a national scheme would be set up for low income households, no such scheme currently exists.
“The waiver scheme offered by local authorites helped people on low incomes and old age pensioners and those who are really suffereing, and it is easy to see why there is a rise in illegal dumping,” said Cllr McGee.
“The St Vincent de Paul have highlighted that they are going into older people’s back gardens and cleaning out back gardens of waste,” she said.