Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster has hit out at plans by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to increase bin charges. Fine Gael have announced new pay by weight and pay by lift measures which will increase bin charges even further, and will not encourage consumers to reduce their waste.
Fianna Fáil, who introduced the privatisation of waste collection in the first instance, have stood by the government’s proposals and have made no attempt to block the forthcoming price hike.
Deputy Munster said:
“This latest government proposal adds a further financial burden on people. There is no reward for recycling or composting. Increased recycling or composting food waste will mean that the waste or rubbish bin has less in it and the charge for all bins will increase to compensate private companies for this. To claim otherwise is attempting to fool people. Everybody knows that is precisely what these waste companies will do. There is also no maximum limit for the standing charge, allowing it to increase at the companies’ will, even for households that rarely put a bin out for collection.”
“Sinn Féin has been raising this matter for years. Privatisation introduced by Fianna Fáil has led to huge increases in charges. The current government has gone further, allowing prices for waste collection to escalate further.”
“The new rules do not make exemptions for people on low incomes, and the pittance allocated to those with long term illness who have higher waste output is laughable. It amounts to under €1.50 a week for these families. Is that really the best the government can do?”
“This is another charge that many people simply will not be able to pay. People are already burdened with PAYE, PRSI, universal social charge, accident and emergency charges, prescription charges, local property tax and motor tax, and now bin charges are set to increase. The government has ignored the needs of these people with this new waste collection regime.”
“Sinn Féin will fight hard against these unfair, inequitable charges which will ultimately only damage people’s pockets and the environment.”