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Wednesday 19 September 2018

Same-day bin collection will start in spring

LIFT: Same-day bin collection will happen in six zones
LIFT: Same-day bin collection will happen in six zones
LIFT: Same-day bin collection will happen in six zones

A NEW same-day bin collection regime is to be implemented across Dublin from March next year.

The changeover will put an end to the practice of private waste firms collecting rubbish in the one area on different days of the week.

Dublin City Council officials have drawn up a map, dividing the area into six zones.

Householders living in the south city section – which includes Donnybrook, Sandymount, Ringsend and Poolbeg – will have their bins lifted every Monday.

A second zone takes in Cherrywood, Ballyfermot, Chapelizod, Grangegorman and Cabra and bins in those areas will be collected on Tuesdays.

Three of the remaining zones take in the city's north west (Wednesdays), north central (Thursdays) and north east (Fridays) areas.

A sixth zone – defined as the central commercial district and spanning the city centre on both sides of the Liffey – will be the only area in which bins are collected seven days a week.

The changes are being introduced as part of new waste collection bye-laws but don't apply to the Fingal, South Dublin or Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown districts.

The matter is set to be agreed by the local authority's environment committee next week.

"It will mean you won't have different collection days for the same street and everybody putting their bins out on the same day," Fine Gael councillor Gerry Breen told the Herald.

"This will hopefully improve the streetscape and make it easier for householders to remember to put the bins out.

"However, we need to increase the competition in the domestic waste market to improve the service and keep the prices down," he added.

Mr Breen believes it will also assist in the anti-dumping measures in the new bye-laws, which empower the council to impose a sanction on householders who cannot legitimately dispose of their waste.

He said council officials will be able to more readily identity the people who don't leave out their bins for collection.

REGULATIONS

Same-day waste collection was one of the provisions of the council's Storage, Presentation and Collection of Household & Commercial Waste bye-laws.

City chiefs and waste operators were previously in dispute over the proposal and the plan was not originally included in the new regulations.

Private operators had argued it would make life very difficult for smaller companies, in particular.

However, the issue was resolved and the measures will now be introduced.

comurphy@herald.ie

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