Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha has slammed the increase in bin charges for householders in the City by Greyhound Waste.
“This bin charge increase is yet another burden on already hard-pressed householders in Dublin City. The hike was signalled at the time of the disgraceful privatisation of Dublin City Council's waste collection service earlier this year. The setting of charges is now in the hands of the private company and householders will have to dig deeper from July in order to maintain the profits of this private company. And because the company is registered in the Isle of Man it does not have to publish its accounts.
“Serious questions also arise about the sale by Greyhound of the commercial customers waste collection business to its supposed competitor Panda last month.
“From the start of 2013 low income people who currently benefit from a waiver scheme in the city will no longer have that protection and will face the full charges. The government should introduce a State-wide waiver scheme as previously called for by the Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly.”