Bin fiasco is no excuse for fantasy politics
The level of maturity in the political system is being tested by the bin charges controversy. The move to a system of pay by weight has been mishandled and badly communicated. But that doesn't mean that the principle of the polluter paying isn't sound. The change will encourage recycling and result in less waste going to landfill.
Concerns have rightly been raised about how the new system will be introduced and a knock-on rise in prices for the householder - which was not the intention.
As a result, the proposal on the table is a 12-month delay in the transition to the new system, with a price freeze in the meantime. During this hiatus, an information campaign can help people to cut down the amount of waste being thrown in the black bin. And, more importantly, the Government can put adequate supervision of private bin operators in place to protect consumers.