Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has hit out as what he describes as a ‘further tax on households’.
The ‘pay by weight’ charges on waste comes into effect on July 1st and Cllr Cunningham at yesterday’s Louth Council meeting asked if “the waste companies have informed their customers on the new payment structure, or to call it what it is, their new levy service charge? Have they informed them of the different price per kilo for each bin?”
Another problem raised by Cllr Cunningham is the fact that not all households in the county have received their brown bins yet and wondered if “the bin providers are going to make an allowance to those householders as it will cost almost double to place these waste items into the black bins? Have the waste management company committed to providing the brown bins before 1st July?”
Tom Cunningham pointed out that until this is rectified there will be an inequality in the county where “customers in the bigger towns will pay less for their waste collection than those in smaller towns and villages and in the countryside. Not only that but those who suffer disability or ill health, carers who are not able to recycle medical waste will be hit hardest.
At the minute this new regulation is giving waste collection operators a free hand to increase their yearly levy so how long will it take for more and more households to be in a position that they cannot afford their waste collection? Green bin waste charges facilitated by former Labour Minister Alan Kelly, will merely discourage recycling of household waste and lead to more illegal dumping and once again the tax payers will be forced to foot the bill.”
Cllr Cunningham was told it was the responsibility of these private companies and not down to Louth County Council. Cllr Cunningham said he has been left with no option “but to write to the private waste collection companies and ask these questions directly. The Council appears to have washed its hands off it. This makes no environmental or economic sense.”
Meanwhile in the Dáil this week Sinn Féin tabled a motion to stop the imposition of green bin waste charges and called on Fine Gael and Fianna Fail to allow this motion to be taken and voted on at the earliest opportunity.”
The full text of the motion is below:
Sinn Féin Dáil motion :
“That Dáil Éireann;
– Recognises the strong public opposition to green bin charges and opposes the introduction of a pay-by-weight system imposed by the previous Labour Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly which is due to come into effect from July 2016;
– Recognises the serious financial difficulties this system will cause for the 70,000 carers across the state who cannot recycle medical waste material, and; low-income earners; those in receipt of state benefits, and those who suffer from ill health or disability;
– Recognises that the introduction of green bin charges will discourage people from recycling their household waste;
– Calls on the Government to take into account the concerns expressed by citizens, carers and advocate organisations and stop the imminent imposition of this scheme.