Thursday 14 November 2019

Two-year wait for bin regulator 'unacceptable' - FF

Jack Chambers TD Picture: Tom Burke
Jack Chambers TD Picture: Tom Burke
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

Bin companies will already have hiked charges if it takes two years to establish a new waste regulator, according to a TD helping to prop up the Government.

Fianna Fáil's Jack Chambers, who has been outspoken on the issue of the new waste charging regime, said two years is too long a time to set up a regulator.

However, he insisted the issue would not bring an end to the confidence and supply agreement his party has to support Fine Gael in power.

It comes as the Irish Independent revealed the time frame for a waste watchdog.

"As quick as possible, a regulator must be introduced.

"I think two years is too long," Mr Chambers said.

"If this was a priority for Government, it should be done a lot sooner than that.

"A two-year period, for me, is kicking the can down the road," he added.

"I don't think that will be accepted by anyone across Leinster House, there's Government TDs who have expressed concern, as well as Opposition TDs.

"A two-year window will allow a new regime to be introduced without rules and that won't be accepted or acceptable," he said.

Mr Chambers said a new regulator was needed sooner, because the proposed period would give waste companies time to hike prices and the damage would be done by the time it was introduced.

"Two years would be far too long.

"It would allow waste companies to do as they wanted for too long," he said.

"We're committed to the confidence and supply arrangement, issues arise, but we'll hold the Government to account on the matter," he said.

Irish Independent

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