Residents must pay bin charges upfront
RESIDENTS in Dublin city will have to pay upfront from next Monday to ensure their bins are collected as a private company takes over the service.
Dublin City Council (DCC) decided to pass on the collection of 140,000 domestic and commercial customers' bins to Greyhound Recycling and Recovery after the country's largest local authority stated it could not compete in the price war between private sector contractors.
However, councillors last night warned there was going to be "widespread confusion" over the move.
Dublin City manager John Tierney said letters were going out on a staggered basis this week to inform householders that they would have to sign up with a private operator to have their bins collected.
Councillors were critical at the late issuing of letters a week before the changeover. However, DCC insisted the letters and information may have been mislaid if issued at an earlier date.
The city management team told councillors at their monthly meeting at City Hall that any waiver in place on December 9 last exempting a resident from the annual standing charge would remain in place for 2012.
The council said there was no change in the current charges and they would remain in place for the first six months.
Seamus Lyons, from the council, explained that residents would have 30 days from next Monday to pay the annual standing charge of €100 for a 240-litre bin or €80 for a 120-litre bin and put in place credit in an account with Greyhound to cover the cost of a lift.
He said they could also choose to sign up with other collectors.
The council said if customers did not sign up to a bin collecting firm then bins would not be collected.
Councillor Emer Costello said there was going to be "widespread confusion" among customers.