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Protest fails to stop 31pc hike in bin charges

Calls to reverse a hike in bin charges that will see householders pay 31pc more for the service have been rejected by South Dublin County Council.

The local authority has refused to back down on the planned increase, despite cross-party opposition to the plan from councillors.

Three separate emergency motions against the hike were passed at the council's monthly meeting -- but County Manager Joe Horan said there would be no change in the plan.

Under the increase, black bin charges will soar from €8 to €10.50 per black bin collection in a move that will see many families paying upwards of €100 per year more.

Introducing the increase, council official Philomena Poole pointed out that it was the first rise since 2006, while landfill charges had doubled in the past eight years. She said the council was committed to having no fixed charge so customers could have control over how much they are charged.

The increase includes a new requirement to levy 13.5pc VAT on waste collection.

Cllr Dermot Looney (Lab) said the VAT could have been offset by the Government.



Worried

"This is a Government decision which again punishes ordinary people," he said. "People are very worried about how to make ends meet.

"This is an extraordinary increase on a service used by 250,000 people in the council area. Labour will not stand for this further attack on ordinary people."

Cllr Sean Crowe (SF) said it was an "unacceptable" rise and predicted it would lead to an increase in illegal dumping.

Cllr Derek Keating (FG) said: "It is a time of unprecedented hardship for those who are working and those who are unwaged. To see an increase of this magnitude at this particular time is wholly inappropriate."

He asked the council to reverse the decision "in the interests of transparency, fairness and common decency".

Cllr John Hannon (FF) said: "We are offering on a plate a lot of potential customers to the private operators."

Ms Poole said: "The budget simply cannot bear the cost of the service as it now stands."

Mr Horan said it was with "a heavy heart" that he had to reject the councillors' calls.

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