Cllr Mark Ward reports waste management companies to Competition and Consumer Protection Commission
Sinn Féin South Dublin County Councillor Mark Ward has reported waste management companies to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC).
Cllr Ward said:
“The ‘pay by weight’ system, which will come into effect from 1st July, will see flat-fee annual charges banned. The Government introduced minimum charges, but this left the door open for waste management companies to charge what they like.
“I have had constituents onto me on a daily basis concerned about the new pricing structures that are coming their way. Their concerns are justified. A conservative estimate on the increases will see customers paying an additional 43% more for waste disposal than they had previously.
“Constituents who decided to shop around and try get a cheaper rate from an alternative waste management companies are dismayed to find that any company they contacted have increased their prices too.
“The waste management companies seem to have increased their prices in unison. I have reported this to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission. I asked them to investigate this and to use their enforcement and regulatory powers to make markets work better and get the best results for consumers.
“I have also contacted the 5 main waste management companies and asked them prior to each of their companies rolling out their individual restructured charges, what contact had your waste management companies had with the other waste management companies and what was the purpose of this contact?
“I’ve had no response yet!
“Anti-competitive practices are business practices which prevent or reduce competition in a market and if you find all suppliers are charging the same price for an item or service this may constitute anti-competitive behaviour and should be reported to the CCPC.
“I am asking the CCPC to investigate if there was collusion between waste management companies and to take the appropriate action. I have also tabled a motion for Monday’s council meeting asking the minister to review these charges.
“The extraordinary ordinary people of Ireland who have suffered years of austerity imposed by successive governments are sick to the back teeth and will not take any more stealth taxes.”