Household Waste Collection ‘Dysfunctional’ – Stanley
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Environment Brian Stanley TD has said that the report today from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission “highlights a dysfunctional waste collection market where the householder loses out”.
The Laois TD said:
“The market is complex, unregulated, and ordinary people suffer paying for an essential service. It has to change. I have stated repeatedly that the structure of our household waste collection is not working. Today’s report from the CCPC points to ‘a natural monopoly’ in the market and householders ‘having little or no power to influence the behaviour of operators’.
“The model we have in this state, where multiple providers rush into a housing estate, also has environmental concerns and these many providers in the market have not delivered a benefit to the householder. Government have allowed this be created as other European States have regulated for market failures.
“The model we use in this state must go; it is clear from the report today. I have asked Minster Denis Naughten in the Dáil to consider other models where the State has more control and householders will be better protected. A tendering process for waste collection is highlighted in the report for instance. This would provide greater control to the Local Authority and more power to the householder.
“Our side-by-side competition for waste collection is seen as unique, compared to the rest of Europe. This is where several collectors compete in the same area. When I asked the Minister and officials in the past about the issues with the market, they referred to this upcoming report from the CCPC. Now that is it published and shows the major problems, it is time for Government to act and protect householders.”