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City's waste service will be privatised despite backlash

DUBLIN City Council is to forge ahead with the privatisation of its household waste service despite a backlash from councillors.

Local representatives at the monthly meeting of Dublin City Council last night argued that the move will result in increased illegal dumping because low-income families will not be able to afford a private service.

Furious councillors called on assistant city manager Seamus Lyons to cut back in other departments to make up for the losses of €10m last year.

Cllr Pat Dunne (PBPA) demanded council officials to withdraw the 150 staff notices that have sought redeployment preferences.

"This is a dangerous thing to do. No regulations in relation to the matter have been properly introduced to justify taking away a service that ensures proper hygiene standards in our city," he said.

Cllr Deirdre Heney (FF) accused the Labour Party of teaming up with the city manager's proposal to privatise the bin service.

"Dublin City Council has provided a refuse collection and disposal service to Dublin citizens for 150 years. Now the city manager, with apparent backing from the Labour Party, wants to withdraw from the service.



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"The council, as the dominant operator in the refuse collection market, should be able to operate an efficient and effective service," she said.

She argued that walking away from the service would be a bad reflection on Dublin City Council.

However, in response to her arguments, Cllr Dermot Lacey (Lab) said he believes the service should remain the responsibility of local authorities.

Cllr Larry O' Toole (SF) accused the council officials of reneging on their promise that a private service would not come into effect when charges were first implemented.

Mr Lyons said the council met with trade unions this week to discuss alternative plans for workers. He said the cost of landfill levies would add approximately €2.2m to the disposal costs in 2012 and an additional €1.5m in 2013.

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