Third city council to end waste collection service
Published 06/10/2011 | 05:00
A third local authority in Dublin is ending its involvement in waste collection -- with a private contractor taking over the service.
Fingal County Council has become the third of the four Dublin county councils to get out of the waste business.
And the remaining local authority, Dublin City Council, is on track to follow suit by December -- meaning the capital will have no local authority waste collection.
Panda Waste, which already operates the waste service previously run by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and also has the contract from Louth county, was yesterday announced as the successful bidder for the lucrative Fingal contract.
It is believed as many as five bidders entered the race for the contract which will see council bin trucks off the road by November and the local authority out of the domestic waste collection business altogether in the new year.
Fingal council made the decision earlier this year after a consultant's report found that the service, as it is currently operated was 'not viable'.
The report showed the council would lose €7m in 2012 from waste collection as increasing numbers of customers turned to private collection services.
Since then the council has been in consultation with SIPTU over the future of the 50-plus workers on the bin service that are affected by the move. It was agreed that all the workers would be redeployed within the council.
Spokesman for Panda Waste John Dunne told the Irish Independent that there would be no change to the local authority's current waste collection rates until the end of 2012, nor would there be any additional costs for customers who are in receipt of waivers from the local authority until that time.
Meanwhile, Dublin City Council has been losing about €10m a year on its household waste collection service, largely due to the provision of waivers to more than 40,000 low-income households.