Saturday 21 October 2017

Why consumers hoping regulation will protect them may end up disappointed

The group established by Environment Minister Denis Naughten faces an unenviable task. Photo: Doug.ie
The group established by Environment Minister Denis Naughten faces an unenviable task. Photo: Doug.ie
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Finding out how much dozens of refuse companies charge the 'average' household to collect their bins, and tracking those prices, will be a difficult task.

With a range of payment options available to families including flat-fees, standing charges, pay-by-weight, pay-by-lift and waste allowances - with a surcharge above certain limits - it's a complex exercise.

And how do you factor in occupancy type, including family size and those living in terraced houses where wheelie bins cannot be used, apartment dwellers who pay through their management company fees, rural homes in isolated areas as well as those living in suburbs and new developments?

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