Clondalkin marches planned to protest bin charge increases

by Sylvia Pownall
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A SERIES of marches will take place in Clondalkin to protest against the expected hike in bin charges to be introduced in September.
The new pay-by-weight system will ban flat-rate payments and calls on waste collectors to offer a range of incentivised pricing plans.
People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny is organising the campaign in the belief that people-power will once again prevail, as it did with the water charges.
He said: “The new pay-by-weight system will basically give the waste management companies carte blanche to increase prices. For most people it will substantially hike up their bills.”
The Society of St Vincent de Paul warned the new regime, due in September, would impose undue hardship on families already struggling with back to school costs.
Deputy Kenny warned the move would not encourage recycling but instead would lead to more dumping ,causing problems for South Dublin County Council, which collected 393 tonnes of illegal waste in May alone.
He added: “There are also many, such as families with small children and those with certain medical conditions, who have additional waste and they will be disproportionately affected by pay-by-weight.
“The defeat of water charges has shown that when ordinary people get organised we can affect change.
“We will be organising street meetings all around Clondalkin in the next few weeks to give people the opportunity to resist these unjust price hikes.”
Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald has claimed the new bin charges legislation, put forward by Fine Gael and supported by Fianna Fail, will allow a “free-for-all” for private companies.
Under the deal, a new pricing “watchdog” will be introduced for the industry, but it is feared that it will take two years to establish a regulator with statutory powers.

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