Homeowner warning over bins
HOMEOWNERS face the prospect of being fined up to €1,900 if they cannot prove that a licensed operator collects their household waste.
Dublin City Council plans to introduce new by-laws next month that make it an offence not to use an "approved collector", and officials will have the power to impose on-the-spot fines of €75 to offending households and take them to court.
And the new laws also mean households will have to prioritise the collection of organic waste in their brown bins, even where space is limited.
If they do not have room for three bins – a black bin for general waste destined for landfills, a green bin for recyclables and a brown bin for organic waste for composting – the brown bin must be given priority, followed by the black and green.
It means that people living in terraced houses or homes with out a garden could be forced to take their landfill rubbish to civic amenity sites for disposal.
The laws were first mooted in May last year before going out for public consultation.
The council said it could prosecute homeowners who flouted the rules.