Cabinet has not discussed the recent increase in bin charges

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Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis raised the matter of certain bin companies breaking their agreement on pay by weight with the Government. The Dublin North-West TD raised that matter in Leinster House today, saying afterwards:

“I asked the Taoiseach if the Government had any plans to deal with the breach of the agreement by bin companies in regards to the pay by weight scheme that was agreed last summer. It was clear at the time that waste management companies were abusing the proposed legislation and using it to jack up prices by including a standard charge on all bins as well as a pay by weight charge.

“It is clear this week that certain companies are now disregarding any agreement with Government and starting to charge for black bins over a certain weight.

“In response, the Taoiseach replied that this issue was not discussed at Cabinet Meetings. This is simply amazing as it is an important part of legislation that affects people on a daily basis.

“This issue needs to be addressed immediately and the Minister and Cabinet need to discuss this to stop people being gouged. The Government now need to revisit the whole situation and  I firmly believe the only way to have an environmentally sound and fair waste system is put waste management back into the hands of the local authorities.”

Minister Naughten must intervene in new pay-by-weight bin charges.

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Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis has called on the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten to intervene to stop bin companies charging extra for bins which is outside their agreement with the government.

The Dublin North West TD said:

“Certain bin companies are starting to charge customers for black bins over a certain weight. They are doing this outside of the agreement with the Government after the pay-by-weight bin charges system was delayed last year. I have been dealing with the confusion and the fear that the pay-by-weight bin charges have raised in households since last summer.

“The nature of the waste charges structure meant that some customers have to pay twice in one calendar year for a yearly contract and now if you skip a week and not put out your bin to save money, you are penalised with an extra charge. This directly affects the people who are struggling financially.

“The introduction of pay by weight has been shambolic from the start with bin companies gouging customers and the government just kicking the can down the road by deferring the decision.

“Last June, I said that only by annulling the new legislation, which has forced price hikes on waste collection, can fairer systems be established and put into place. The only real solution to any further issues that will arise around bin charges, the Minister needs to put waste management back into the hands of the Local Authorities.”