'Outrageous': TD slams €25 waste penalty
A waste collection company is to impose "outrageous" charges of up to €25 if customers accidentally put the wrong item in the wrong bin, the Dáil has been told.
Fianna Fáil TD Jack Chambers has accused the Government of failing to address problems surrounding waste collection and said the lack of an awareness campaign for the new charging system will mean families will "inevitably pay more".
He said the issue is causing "concern and distress" in his Dublin West constituency.
"I've been made aware of one waste collector, Panda, who is now imposing different charges, fees, fines and penalties seemingly at their will," he added.
"Under the new agreement of terms and conditions that they propose. They've said that they're going to charge between €10 and €25 if a customer accidentally puts the wrong item in the wrong bin."
He said "one Pringles can" in the wrong bin would result in a charge, and added: "That's outrageous."
Mr Chambers claimed the Government is "doing absolutely nothing about it".
He described a watchdog planned by the Government as "toothless", saying "we need a fully financed regulator", as proposed by his party.
He said the agreement between Panda and customers also gives the company "sole discretion" over the price of services.