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Saturday 18 August 2018

Now families face €15 hike in bin charge

FAMILIES in the capital will be hit with higher bin charges from July, the Herald can reveal.

Greyhound Recycling has today confirmed that up to 140,000 Dublin City customers will see their bin collection charges increase.

The company said as a result of the Government's landfill levy hike in July, it has no option but to "pass on the charge".

The move will see 'lift charges' increase by 16pc or €1 per grey bin, which contains general waste.

Greyhound boss Michael Buckley said that it could see an average of €15 being lumped on a family's annual bill.

And he confirmed 33,000 city waiver customers will see their entitlements scrapped, as first revealed by the Herald.

We reported last month that the company would replicate its decision in South Dublin where it will from next month abolish the waiver provided to 17,000 customers.

Now, some 33,000 elderly and low-income households in the city will soon be slapped with extra bin charges when the company abolishes the long-running system next year.



Hard-pressed

A household gets the waiver if the household's total earnings are tax exempt and less than €600 per week.

It is availed of by the most hard-pressed of families and has been in existence in the city for over a decade.

However, in a rare interview, Mr Buckley said his company could "no longer collect bins for free" and called on the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton to intervene.

He said: "We can't provide a service to customers that costs us money for free -- does Tesco have a waiver aisle when you go shopping there? They don't. When you go to a petrol pump, is there a waiver pump?

"My message to the customers is I fully appreciate you're cash-strapped; there are people in this group that mightn't be able to afford this. I can't do this for free for you. I'm calling on the minister to step in and see if she can help you out. Ultimately, I have to be paid."

The company sparked outrage last month when it warned that it would cut off 18,000 customers who had not signed up to pay the annual €100 charge.

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