Government climbdown as 'green' bin waste charge plans are dropped
THE Government has dropped plans to force households to pay to dispose of their ‘green’ bin waste.
Housing, Planning and Local Government Minister Simon Coveney today said that a 2 cent per kilo of dry recyclable waste would not be applied when a pay-by-weight collection system comes into force on July 1.
The system abolishes the ability of collectors to charge a flat-fee to households to dispose of waste, regardless of how much is produced.
Instead, they are obliged to charge a minimum of 11 cent per kilo of black bin waste earmarked for landfill, and 6 cent per kilo of brown bin compostable waste, which includes food scraps.
The system also planned to introduce a 2 cent per kilo levy for green bin waste, made up of tin cans, paper and milk cartons. This morning, Mr Coveney said no levy would be set out for this waste.
The move comes amid growing concern from opposition parties including the Greens, Fianna Fail and People Before Profit which suggested the levy would increase levels of illegal dumping and discourage households from recycling.
Mr Coveney said the new pay by weight system would mean that most household would pay on a “fairer and more transparent” basis.