Sunday 4 December 2016

Households being left to the mercy of waste companies

Martin Grant

Published 16/06/2016 | 12:33

New pay-by-weight bin charges will be introduced on July 1
New pay-by-weight bin charges will be introduced on July 1

The Government is facing a huge backlash from the public as bin companies start to reveal their new charges – with staggering increases for some households.

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Customers will now see a complete change in how they pay for their waste and will be charged by the weight, rather than a set fee.

From July 1, households will be charged under a new ‘pay-by-weight’ scheme and will have to fork out cash for every kilo they dispose of – and additional service charges.

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Instead of waste companies charging an annual flat rate to customers, thousands will be paying more than ever before for their bins.

The Government reckons the new system will encourage recycling and reduce the amount of rubbish households dispose of.

However, the system has come in for much criticism after the Government failed to cap the pay-by-weight fees companies can charge customers – meaning they can charge customers as much as they like.

A survey of several bin companies in Dublin show there is a significant difference between what each company is charging customers.

The difference in the annual charge between some companies can be as much as €52, whilst the cost per kilo of black bin waste ranges from 30c-35c.

The cost of brown bin waste also ranges between 16c and 23c, which can make a significant difference over a year.

Some companies – including Panda – are charging customers per kilo and also a fee every time a bin is lifted into a lorry.

Frustrated customers took to the airwaves of Liveline yesterday to highlight their anger at the new system.

A man living in the Wicklow mountains said he collects rubbish left from people in the scenic area on a voluntarily basis.

However, he says he will have to “think twice” about doing so in the future because it will cost him more money.

Meanwhile, as public anger grows, a spokesman for environment minister Simon Coveney told the Herald that he will be holding further talks next week around the system.

“Meanwhile the department is in on-going discussions with the industry,” they added.

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