Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Timmy Dooley will tonight move his party’s motion calling for an independent waste regulator to be established before any changes are made to the current bin charging regime.
Speaking in advance of the Private Members Business motion which will be taken tonight in Dáil Éireann, Deputy Dooley commented:
“The Government over the past 12 months have failed to deliver on the promises they made to allay the fears many consumers had about changes to the charging regime, and the ending, in particular, of flat fees.
“Within the space of a few hours last week, Minister Naughten unilaterally made changes to the regime that has caused great concern among householders.
“We believe that the changes being proposed by Minister Naughten will cause an increase in costs for many consumers, and this cannot be supported.
“An independent waste regulator would have a role in setting prices for waste collection, and ensuring that waste collection companies compete in an open market, and that consumers are protected from any form of price gouging.
“In addition to the regulator, our motion focuses on the need to deal with illegal fly tipping that has been on the increase for the past number of years.
“We need to ascertain whether or not there is a causal link between increasing waste collection charges and illegal dumping.
“Our motion calls on the Government to allocate resources to Local Authorities to enable them investigate properly incidents of illegal dumping, to find out who is doing the dumping, and to fine them.
“Consumers, right across the country, have been paying for waste collection for years. They accept that for environmental reasons we need to reduce the amount going to landfill and incineration.
“50% of households are currently already paying by pay per weight, so there should be no reason why their costs would increase.
“The State needs to work with, and inform, the remaining 50% to help them reduce their waste. The objective should be reducing people’s bills, and reducing our waste as a society.
“However, they are not happy with collection companies hiking up prices when they do the right thing, and separate their waste and recycle accordingly.
“Fianna Fáil’s motion is about consumers getting value for money. I hope that other members of Dáil Éireann will join us in passing this motion and ensuring that they get it,” concluded Dooley.