Saturday 10 December 2016

Government warns bin firms it will stand firm against significant increases in bin collection charges

Published 17/06/2016 | 23:45

Housing Minister Simon Coveney Picture: Conor McCabe
Housing Minister Simon Coveney Picture: Conor McCabe

The Government will stand firm against significant increases in bin collection charges.

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Warning waste companies that he wants “what is best for householders” under the proposed 'pay-by-weight' bin charges, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney said the Government would consider its options if the industry fails to heed his concerns.

Meeting with private waste operators in Athlone this evening, amid growing public anger over the proposed increases in standing charges for bin collections, Mr Coveney said while he supported a pay-by-weight scheme in principle, he would do all he could to keep costs down for householders.

“The Minister has agreed to a tentative framework on this matter,” said a spokesperson.

“During yesterday’s meeting, he had a full and frank discussion with those representing the waste industry.

“His concern now is to achieve the best outcome possible for householders.”

Mr Coveney is to meet with waste companies again early next week, the spokesperson confirmed.

Beginning July 1st, many homes across Ireland could face significant increases in their monthly bills as ‘pay-by-weight’ charges for black and brown bins come into effect.

Taken aback by widespread reports that many households could see their waste bills go up by almost 75 pc, its believed the Government is to consider either making changes to the proposed 'pay-by-weight' bin charges or postponing their introduction.

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