Residents forced to pay €100 bin charge
DUBLIN CITY residents will be given just four weeks to pay a €100 bin charge slapped on them by Greyhound Recycling, the Herald can reveal.
The new bin provider in the capital will write to households next week informing them of a change to the pricing structure.
Hard-pressed families will next week be presented with an ultimatum by Greyhound: Pay our charge or we won't collect your bins.
Documents seen by the Herald reveal that Greyhound is adopting a completely new policy to the one implemented by Dublin City Council -- whereby homeowners paid a €25 quarterly fee.
Residents will be now given a February 15 deadline to pay the €100 charge in full.
The company told the Herald today that any customer who cannot pay the charge will not have their bins collected.
The news has been described as a "bitter blow" to homeowners throughout the city -- with the deadline for the controversial household charge falling just six weeks later.
Dublin City Council denied the privatisation plans entirely in September, despite the Herald producing documents that showed a deal was nearing completion.
The new policy was strongly criticised by Independent Councillor Cieran Perry who today accused the City Council of "abandoning city residents".
He told the Herald: "Dublin City Council has effectively abandoned their former customers to the private sector. Greyhound Recycling are insisting that cash-strapped residents pay the €100 standing charge in full and also organise a pre-paid account for the service or risk non-collection.
"The council has not given their residents notice of this requirement and many people cannot afford to pay at this time of year."
A Greyhound spokesperson told the Herald: "The Annual Service Charge of €100 will be maintained for 2012 and customers are not being asked to pay any more in that regard."