Friday 23 March 2018

Fianna Fáil wants waste regulator ahead of the new regime

Environment spokesperson Timmy Dooley. Photo: Tom Burke
Environment spokesperson Timmy Dooley. Photo: Tom Burke
John Downing

John Downing

Fianna Fáil has said that the proposed new bin charging regime must be frozen pending the establishment of an independent waste regulator.

Environment spokesperson Timmy Dooley was commenting after Communications Minister Denis Naughten's announcement that flat-rate fees for bin collections will be banned.

"There is deep unease and concern right across the country, in both urban and rural communities, that this change will lead to rocketing prices," said Mr Dooley.

"These groups are already struggling financially, and this new regime should not add to their financial concerns.

"A waste regulator is desperately needed to ensure that there is no price gouging and fixing in the industry."

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar admitted that some households would face higher bin charges, but he warned against panicking.

Mary Lou McDonald said the planned ending of flat-charge bin charges "will allow operators to charge whatever they like for what is an essential service".

The Sinn Féin deputy leader deplored the lack of support for families on low incomes in the outline plans revealed by the Government. She also said the changes would affect farmers and small business people, and provoke more illegal dumping.

Mr Varadkar said: "Roughly 50pc of households in the State already pay for their waste collection by systems such as this. So, I do not think that people should be panicked and fearful. I am sure that, if people are panicked and fearful, Sinn Féin will not try to exploit that panic and fear."

Irish Independent

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