Monday 19 March 2018

Households can 'opt in' to new rubbish charge system from next January

Taoiseach accused of 'rubbish answers'

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny
John Downing

John Downing

Householders will have the chance to voluntarily opt for “pay-by-weight” refuse disposal from next January, the Taoiseach has said.

Under pressure from Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin, the Taoiseach confirmed that all bin collection prices would be frozen until July 2017.

But customers would get a dual bill next January which would show the old price – and the new price under the pay-by-weight system. Customers could opt for the new charge system and decisions could then be made in advance of July 2017.

Mr Kenny also said the waste companies and Government would begin a new public information campaign on the pay-by-weight system. He said it was designed to encourage recycling with more use of brown and green bins and less use of the “black bin.”

Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin, said the whole change-over was “a debacle” and he went back to when Labour’s Alan Kelly was Environment Minister and signalled the new charging system.

“You were ‘caught hopping’ Alan Kelly said,” Mr Martin told the Taoiseach.

But Mr Kenny rejected this suggestion: "I don't think Minister Kelly set out to catch anybody on the hop - least of all the Government of which he was a member."

Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams, said the Taoiseach was giving “rubbish answers” to questions about people who were suffering due to increasing charges for all kinds of services.

Mr Kenny said that 60,000 people who received HSE adult nappies would get an exemption and the waste companies would get a 50pc reduction on dumping levies to help deal with the issue.

The Taoiseach said Communications Minister, Denis Naughten, would now take responsibility for reviewing the waste sector.

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