Bin charges freeze ‘not enough’ – Ellis
Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis has said that only by annulling the new legislation that will force price hikes on waste collection can a fairer system to be established and put into place.
The Dublin North West TD appealed to independent and Fianna Fáil senators to support Sinn Féin efforts to do just that in the Seanad tomorrow.
Deputy Ellis said:
“The announcement today from the Minister and the IWMA does not go far enough with a price freeze for a year. The issue here is not the pay by weight but the increase in standing charges that effectively places the majority of working people in a position that they are unable to afford a bin service.
“Sinn Féin will still table their motion in the Seanad tomorrow to annul the legislation. This legislation and the price freeze announced today don’t seem to benefit anyone except the waste collection companies.
“The price freeze will postpone the problem of price hikes by 12 months and allow the companies to fine tune their PR. By defeating this bill in the Seanad, it will allow us the time to reassess the privatisation agenda and put a stop to any further attempts at gouging ordinary people.
“The only option is to stop the legislation and, if supported tomorrow in the Seanad by independents and Fianna Fáil, we can start that revaluation of this flawed Bill.”