'There is no competition in my area'
A Dublin man is worried that without a regulator, waste companies will be able to charge whatever they want, particularly if there is no competition.
Tom Kitt (60) from Clonsilla, said there was only one company in his area, which had given him little option but to stick with it.
He said he had not been contacted by any other bin companies to say they were in the area.
"I think there should definitely be an independent regulator of it," Mr Kitt said.
"Of course it's worrying. I'm still with Panda. Nobody has come to the door so I have no choice."
Mr Kitt explained that there were a number of challenges facing the idea of fining customers for not recycling into the correct bins.
One issue in particular is the timing of collection.
He told the Irish Independent that there was no definitive time, so bins could be left outside for hours and anybody could put rubbish into the bins.
"People would put stuff into your bins," Mr Kitt said.
"Why wouldn't they do it? They have nothing to lose. You're the one who's going to be paying the penalty."
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