Council says bin service 'not viable'
Published 06/07/2011 | 05:00
FINGAL county councillors have been told it is "inevitable" the local authority will pull out of the waste market -- the third to do so in the capital.
An independent report commissioned by the council and SIPTU has found that bin collections will cost the council €7m next year if the system operates in the way it has been.
"It is the case that the decision to withdraw from the service is inevitable, as the projected loss of €7m through the continuance of this service will not form part of budget 2012," county manager David O'Connor said in a letter to councillors.
The report details the "steady and substantial rate" of decline in paying customers.
"Even with significant re-organisation and cost reduction, in a market where the costs of disposal are rising, the decline in paying customers indicates that it will not be possible to square the circle and, in our opinion, the level of losses will continue to rise," it says.
"On that basis we are advising the parties that in our opinion the service is not viable."
South Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown county councils have already pulled out of waste collection.