Time for new thinking from Minister Naughten and the Government on bin charges – Ellis
Media reports from yesterday suggested that the Government were considering scrapping the pay by weight waste charges. This morning the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten confirmed that the pay-by-weight system is not going to be scrapped, but is being delayed and the new system will be introduced by the middle of next year.
Sinn Féin Deputy Dessie Ellis said:
“It is disappointing that the Government are continuing with the existing system as it allows the bin companies to lead the Government by the nose on this issue, some companies played sharp practise with the new system, and increased charges and some customers have to pay twice in one calendar year for a yearly contract. How will a deferment help or support all those who are under severe financial pressure to keep their bins. By not taking the hard choices the Minister is leaving hard working families to the mercy of these companies.
“The procrastination and the confusion caused by this messing about can now only be solved by removing the profit hungry companies from the equation and put waste management back into the hands of the Local Authorities.”