Fianna Fáil’s Dublin Spokesperson, John Lahart TD has said that any further delays in the establishment of a regulator for the waste collection industry will heap more pressure on already hard pressed consumers.

A number of days ago the Consumer and Competition Protection Commissioner (CCPC) published its report which found that 25% of consumers in the Greater Dublin Area did not have the option of more than one service provider.

Commenting on the findings, the Dublin South West TD said, “When the Government attempted to implement changes to waste charging back in 2016, Fianna Fáil took action to ensure a delay in introducing these changes.

“The average cost of household waste collection in Dublin was €228 in 2016 and that price has continued to rise for hard-pressed families. By establishing a regulator with strong powers for enforcement, it could licence waste operators and set the prices faced by households.

He added, “The research also reveals that a quarter of consumers across Dublin are without access to more than one operator of waste collection services. In fact the number of market operators competing to collect our bins continues to decrease.

“If households are expected to follow strict rules regarding recycling they need to be seeing more bang for their buck or at least a reduction in their bill. This isn’t happening and the environment isn’t the better or more sustainable for it.

“As consumers we need to demand greater transparency around these companies’ profit margins and finances.

“It’s time that Minister Naughten listened to Fianna Fail’s calls to establish a waste regulator for the industry to ensure we get it right for once and for all,” concluded Lahart.