'The numbers add up - DCC can collect the bins again', says Ring
Dublin City Council (DCC)chiefs are to examine the possibility of taking over waste management in the capital.
Following a request made by councillors at a city council meeting on Monday night, chief executive Owen Keegan has agreed to look into the feasibility of taking back the provision of waste services in the city centre.
The feasibility study will examine whether the council would be able to fund a full waste management service that would cover the entire DCC region, which has more than 228,000 households.
The motion, put forward by Independent councillor Nial Ring, was backed by fellow members Christy Burke, Mannix Flynn, Cieran Perry, Sonya Stapleton and Damian O'Farrell.
Cllr Ring said that a formal motion will be in place on the issue during a special city council sitting on September 19 at City Hall.
The meeting will be based around a potential reduction in the Local Property Tax (LPT), which Cllr Ring explained would work hand-in-hand with a potential change in waste management services.
"The numbers add up on this proposal. The 15pc reduction we have given on the LPT - the maximum amount we can give - amounts to €12m per year," Cllr Ring said.
"When DCC ran the waste collection service it was costing approximately €10m, and even now clearing up litter from illegal dumping is still costing over €1m per year.
"DCC can now look at taking over the bin collection again as it can be paid for from the LPT reduction not being given next year.
"I believe that the extra LPT being imposed of just over €52 per household, or €1 per week, will be acceptable to the 228,225 households in Dublin who would be entitled to the service."
Cllr Ring added that with the council effectively providing a free service - if this goes through - it would lead to a drop in illegal dumping and littering, particularly in the north inner city, where he is based.
An Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) report released yesterday highlighted the area as "littered".
Meanwhile, private waste service company Greyhound has said it is looking into the idea of staff using on-body cameras to protect them from assaults in Dublin. A spokesman for the company said that some precautions have already been taken.
"Six live cameras are already located on every truck and Greyhound are investigating the use of body cameras in areas of anti-social behaviour," he said.
The spokesman added that its staff are also required to wear Kevlar gloves and trousers, due to the danger of needle pricks when working in areas of the city that dispose of their waste in plastic bags and not in bins.