Saturday 22 October 2016

Fears new system will lead to people putting rubbish out on streets

Martin Grant

Published 17/06/2016 | 02:30

John Lyons with his mother-in-law Carmel Lynch. Photo: Caroline Quinn
John Lyons with his mother-in-law Carmel Lynch. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Householders who face rising bin charges fear that this will encourage people to dump rubbish on the street.

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Joe Lyons, from Clonliffe Road, Ballybough in Dublin, dismissed Government claims that the 'pay-by-weight' system will help the environment. Instead, the father of two reckons people will just dump their waste because they won't be able to afford to pay higher prices.

Mr Lyons - who lives with his wife Carmel and sons Ciarán and Darragh - currently pays €13 a month for his bins.

However, the system means the Lyons could now be paying almost €360 a year.

"I don't know what I'm going to do with the rubbish, but that I am definitely not paying that kind of money," Mr Lyons said. "It's going to make people put rubbish out onto the road and not pay at all. It's going to generate more rubbish and rats around the area. People are not going to be able to afford the new charges."

Mr Lyons called on the Government to scrap the new plans and permit companies to charge only a flat fee.

He also welcomed suggestions from some politicians that waste collections by local councils should be brought back.

Councillor Christy Burke has branded the new charges as "outrageous" and warned that people would not be able to pay the hiked fees.

"We need legislation immediately in order to control increased prices," he said, adding: "The increased charges will become like the water charges fiasco."

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