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New waste collection charges another example of 'rip off the consumers' Ireland – Imelda Munster TD

30 August, 2018 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin’s  Imelda Munster TD has hit out at the recent notice from a leading waste collection provider locally that they will be introducing a weight limit on general waste bins from 1st October. The Louth TD said that it begs the question: “Is the Environment Minister asleep at the wheel?”

This company has announced that any excess weight collected above the allowance will be chargeable per kg at the end of the billing period, whereas any waste allowance that is not used in a billing period will not be carried forward.

Deputy Munster said:

“Despite Minister Naughten’s assurances that the new pay by weight regime is all about incentivising people to recycle more, it appears that waste collection companies are charging for excess weight without any recompense for those who manage to keep their waste below the limit allowed per billing period.

“It’s imperative that householders are encouraged to reduce their waste as much as possible and as such there should be clear incentives for those who keep it below the weight allowance limit. 

“It’s all very well appointing a Price Monitoring Group to monitor the ongoing cost of residential waste collection while the ‘flat rate structure’ is phased out, as the Minister has done, but as the main rationale behind Pay By Weight is the reduction of waste there must be rewards as well as deterrents.

“The key principle of waste policy has to be ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ and yet we had the ridiculous scenario last year when Louth County Council found it prudent to discontinue the collection of plastics at Bring Centres across the county.

“Initiatives such as the deposit return scheme for plastic and glass bottles as well as aluminium cans in Sinn Féin’s Waste Reduction Bill would not only greatly reduce household waste charges, but reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

“The current pricing structures for residential waste collection are so complex that there is much confusion from the consumer’s point of view with 39 different pricing rates across the State.

“It was even discovered by the monitoring group appointed by the Minister that waste collection staff ‘struggle to disclose prices when contacted by phone’.

“I have written to the Minister for the Environment regarding the lack of incentives for consumers to minimise the amount of waste in their general waste bins.

“Our waste collection system with its ‘unique in the EU’ side by side competition model of collection just doesn’t work.

“Other options are needed specifically in relation to regulation and structure of the market so that there is greater control over this vital household service. Otherwise it’s just another typical case of ‘Rip off the Consumers’ Ireland.”

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