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Council hit as waste customers drop 25pc

FINGAL County Council has said it is committed to providing a quality waste collection service -- despite losing cash on it.

It is one of only two Dublin authorities -- the other being Dublin City Council -- to provide a public waste collection service after South Dublin County Council announced it was privatising its service this month.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council privatised its bin service in 2010.

Fingal County Council chiefs said the entry of private sector collectors into the waste collection and recycling service in the Dublin region in recent years has resulted in a significant loss of customers.

The number of domestic customers in Fingal has reduced by 25pc from 80,000 in 2008 to 60,000 at the end of 2010. The number of waiver customers increased from 10,200 (13pc) in 2008 to 14,000 (23pc) at the end of 2010.

The number of paying customers also reduced from 69,800 in 2008 to 46,000 in 2010.

The council said it has taken steps to reduce the deficit for the provision of the service by making reductions in fleet and labour cost, and by requiring waiver customers to pay the lift charges for their black bin collection.

Fingal environment chief PJ Howell said further cost saving measures were also under consideration.