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Saturday 1 October 2016

'I don't know what I'm going to do with the rubbish but I'll not pay that kind of money'

Joe Lyons and his mother-in-law Carmel Lynch with their wheelie bins Picture: Caroline Quinn
Joe Lyons and his mother-in-law Carmel Lynch with their wheelie bins Picture: Caroline Quinn
Councillor Christy Burke Picture: Caroline Quinn

Dubliners have slammed the controversial new bin charges which could see them forking out more than double the cost for rubbish disposal.

As pressures mounts on the Government to scrap the pay-by-weight system - Dublin residents are also worried the city will be plagued by rubbish, which could lead to a rat infestation.

From July 1, households will be charged under a new scheme and will have to fork out cash for every kilo they dispose of - and additional service charges.

John Lyons, from Clonliffe Road, Ballybough, has said the new charges could see him having to spend an additional €200.

The father-of-two reckons people will just dump their rubbish on streets because they won't be able to afford to pay higher prices.

John - who lives with his wife Carmel and sons Ciaran and Darragh - currently pays €13 a month for his bins.

However, he will now be paying more than €13 a month in just service charges before any of his rubbish is weighed.

The system means the Lyons family could be paying almost €360 a year - a staggering increase of over €200.

"I don't know what I'm going to do with the rubbish, but that I am definitely not paying that kind of money," John told the Herald last night.

"I think it's going to make people put rubbish out onto the road and not pay at all. It's going to generate more rubbish and rats around the area.

"They will make sure there is nothing in the rubbish that identifies them and will just throw the stuff onto the street and start illegally dumping.

"People are not going to be able to afford the new charges. There are old age pensioners living on this street and I know they will not be able to pay it. My black bin is full every week. How can we afford this, we just can't afford it. I'm not going to pay it, it's as simple as that."

Problem

Meanwhile, father-of-two Ross Harrison, from Rathfarnham, reckons he will be paying an extra €350 a year.

"These amounts seem extortionate when you look at the costs the first year private bin collection came in which were about €240 a year," Mr Harrison told the Herald last night.

"We are now facing an annual bill of €770 for a necessary utility, tax relief has not been allowed since 2011."

He also believes previous governments made mistakes when waste services were privatised.

"I believe bin privatisation by the councils was short-sighted and absolutely no protection for consumers was considered or put in place.

"For other utilities that were privatised, such as electricity and gas, there is regulation with pricing to stop companies taking advantage like this.

"Regulation on bin charges should be considered immediately and the councils should also consider launching the service again."

Mr Harrison said that his family would not be classed as low income and called on the Government to "help taxpayers that consistently pay into the tax system".

"Tax relief on bin charges should be reintroduced at the marginal rate. These companies have been allowed increase what they charge threefold in the space of five years," he added.

Politicians - including Dublin councillor and former Lord Mayor Christy Burke - have made calls to reintroduce corporation waste collections by local councils.

Cllr Burke last night branded the new charges as "outrageous" and warned that people will not be able to pay the hiked fees.

"We need legalisation immediately in order to control increased prices," he said.

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