Adams critical of increases in bin charges
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD today challenged the Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the bin charges regime that the government introduced in May and which has seen several of the waste companies announce significant increases in charges.
The Sinn Féin leader warned of an increase in illegal dumping with its attendant “health and environmental risks”.
Teachta Adams said:
“Thorntons Recycling has replaced its €40 a year standing charge with a weekly €2 a week service charge. Its customers will now pay €104 a year in service charges. This will be on top of increased costs of lifting the black and brown bins.
“Greyhound has now replaced its standing charge of €50 a year with a €3 a week service charge, effectively trebling the household bill for it’s customers at a stroke.
“The reality for most households is that they are now facing a significant increase in their bin charges.
“The additional costs will prove very difficult for low and middle income households to meet. It will also have an impact on small businesses.
“There is a real concern that these new higher charges will lead to an increase in illegal dumping which brings with it its own environmental and health problems.
“This new waste regime comes into effect in two weeks’ time.
“The government needs to go back to the drawing board on this issue, but it urgently needs to consider introducing exemptions for households, especially those with special needs.”