SIPTU representatives have labelled an offer of a €50,000 prize by Dublin City Council for ‘innovative solutions’ for on street storage of domestic waste as a gimmick and a waste of public funds. SIPTU Public Administration and Community Division Organiser, Adrian Kane, said: “The solution to the problem of street storage of domestic waste in Dublin is quite simple and does not rely on the gimmick of a €50,000 prize that is really a waste of public funds. “What we must do is adopt the community bin method of waste storage and collection which is in place in other European cities with high density housing. This would mean moving away from the  free-market model of waste collection which is currently in place in Ireland, which results in multiple private waste collection services being in operation within a single local authority area. “This system creates a situation where there are numerous bins on our streets and traffic is blocked each morning with different refuse trucks competing for business. Our dysfunctional system also results in a quarter of all households in the country having no domestic waste service. “The ultimate solution is the re-municipalisation of domestic waste collection services. Until this is achieved, legislation governing waste management needs to be amended. This would allow for progressive tendering arrangements to be put in place. Such a system would ensure that the successful provider would need to meet quality service standards, including decent terms and conditions for workers, provision of community bins and allow for a subsidised service for people who cannot afford to pay the commercial rate.” He added: “A SIPTU delegation met with the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan last week to discuss these issues. The Minister was receptive to the proposals tabled by our union to resolve the problems related to domestic waste collection in Ireland.”