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Ó Clochartaigh tells Coveney to go back to the table with Waste Companies

30 June, 2016

An Seanadóir Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has asked the Minister for the Environment to instruct waste companies not to punish those who were good recyclers or were users of refuse bags.

Sinn Féin forced the Minister to come back to the Seanad this evening to address the concerns of people being forced to register with waste disposal companies. People who have moved from bags to bins under the current agreement were open to higher charges through a standing charge or pay by weight.

Ó Clochartaigh also raised the issue of Greyhound Waste requiring customers to opt out of pay by weight rather than sign up.

Senator Ó Clochartaigh said:

“We welcome the fact that Minister SC was forced to agree with us this evening that there are big problems with how the price freeze has been implemented by waste management companies.

“There were several cases raised on Raidió na Gaeltachta today where users of bags estimated that, as of tomorrow, they could be forced to pay anywhere between €200 and €500 extra due to being placed on a standing charge or other deposit mechanism.

 “You need to go back to the industry and play hard ball. People who were promised that they would not have to pay any extra as a result of the deal done by you have to be reassured that this will be the case.

“Greyhound are just one company who are not living up to the spirit of the agreement by instituting an opt-in policy for people who wish to remain on their current plan. This is unacceptable as people may be taken off service plans against their wishes. 

“Sinn Féin were opposed to the privatisation of waste collection and we call on the Minister to act immediately to ensure that those who were careful regarding their own waste disposal are not punished by waste companies under the agreement reached with the Government.” 

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