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Sunday 17 December 2017

Bins fiasco as freeze on charges in doubt


Paul Melia and Kevin Doyle

A plan to cap bin charges for 12 months is mired in doubt as questions linger over whether the freeze can be enforced.

The new pay-by-weight system is supposed to be delayed after bin companies proposed freezing charges for a year. The move comes amid controversy about some families being forced to pay hugely inflated bills.

However, two of the country's biggest bin collection companies are not even part of the agreement.

And the Government is not sure if such a price freeze could be enforced.

It is not clear what form of regulation can be introduced to force companies to cap charges, or if the proposed system will now go ahead as planned.

Separately, the Government intends to introduce the pay-by-weight system in civic amenity sites from next February.

Around 200,000 tonnes of household waste is brought directly to civic amenity sites every year. A spokesman for the minister said the system was expected to be introduced in private and local authority sites.

The change will affect one in eight households which do not have a kerbside collection service.

Housing Minister Simon Coveney is due to get legal advice on his options.

Irish Independent

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