Bin charges set to soar in the great bin rip off
New charges proposal a “blank cheque” for waste companies to boost profits
People Before Profit TD, Bríd Smith, has said that the recent announcement that the government are set to ban flat bin charges fees will see a massive rise in charges.
According to the People Before Profit TD, the proposed changes are purely devised to facilitate the profiteering of the waste collection industry.
Previously in the Dáíl, Deputy Smith likened the waste collection industry as something akin to the Sopranos.
Last year, bin charges were going to be tripled but this was postponed till July of this year due to a huge public revolt over the issue when people saw massive rises in their charges.
The Dublin South Central TD called on Minister Denis Naughton to reverse the decision or risk facing the wrath of the people.
Deputy Smith said, “This move by the government is going to financially impact people on the ground, particularly people with big families and disabled people. The suggested allowance of €75 for people with a disability or using incontinence pads may go no were near covering increased costs. People will be paying extortionate amounts of money to these private companies who are only interested in profiteering. We need to establish if this will mean charges for green bins. We don’t believe this has anything to do with the “Polluter Pays principals”, it’s not about recycling it’s about profits.”
The “gentleman’s agreement” that the Government had with private operators last year has ended with the complete abdication by the Government who are now saying they have no control over private operators.”
“The only way to resist these charges is for people to mobilise like we did around the water charges. If these measures are not changed we will see massive resistance from the people, this Government will not get away with massive waste rises.”
“These companies have very poor labour and workplace standards where there is a lot of exploitation of workers. Many of these companies are based off shore and we are not able to see their accounts.”