Low income families face bin charge spiral nightmare, Dáil told
Families on low-incomes will suffer most from "the debacle" of the new bin charges regime, Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald has said.
The party’s deputy leader said the planned ending of flat-charge bin charges announced by Environment Minister, Denis Naughten, meant simply that charges would spiral.
“It will allow operators to charge whatever they like for what is an essential service,” Ms McDonald said.
The Sinn Féin deputy leader deplored the lack of support for families on low incomes in the outline plans revealed by Government. She also said the changes would affect farmers and small business people and provoke more illegal dumping.
The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said people had no need to be fearful. He said he hoped Ms McDonald would not “exploit” people’s fears but instead help spread accurate information.
Mr Varadkar said €75 per year will be paid to people with long-term illness who must use incontinence pads.
The Taoiseach added that more money was allocated to local councils to crack down on illegal dumping. He also said it will be mandatory for waste collection companies to roll-out brown recycling bins.