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Thursday 14 December 2017

Injunction granted in row over Panda Waste bins

Greenstar bin truck making collections in Shankill, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Greenstar bin truck making collections in Shankill, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Tim Healy

A BIN-collection company has obtained a High Court injunction preventing a rival from temporarily keeping wheelie bins of customers who have switched provider.

Panda Waste got the injunction against Greenstar pending full hearing of an action.

The court heard that when Greenstar, the trading name for Starrus Eco Holdings Ltd, takes on the old Panda customer, it removes the three Panda bins and brings them to a central location in Ballymount, Dublin, for collection later by Panda. The customer then gets three new Greenstar bins.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan said over the Christmas period, Greenstar, which provides services in the Fingal and Dún Laoghaire areas of Dublin, offered new customers free waste collection for the first six months.

Panda, the trading name for Nurendale, said the practice in Dublin has always been that when a customer switches, that customer contacts the current service provider and that company then retrieves its bins from the customer.

In this case, however, Greenstar had agreed with the new customer to take possession of the three Panda bins and bring them to the central location, where they could be collected by Panda in due course.

Mr Justice Gilligan said he was satisfied Panda was entitled to an injunction, pending full hearing of the matter, restraining Greenstar from removing the bins without prior written permission from Panda. He also ordered that Greenstar return all bins which had been taken from Panda's former customers.

Irish Independent

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