Increased waste charge blasted as an ‘utter scandal’

by Rebecca Ryan
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Waste company Panda will start charging for its green recycling bin from next month.


The company says the recent Chinese ban on the importing of certain types of waste, including some types of plastics, from European countries is to blame.


Households will pay €0.80 per lift and just under 5 cent for kilo.


The company said the average cost per customer will be around €21 per year.


In a statement, Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett (PBP) said the plans to introduce charges for the green recycling bin collection are totally outrageous.


He said it confirms that a privatised waste collection and recycling system is driven by profit rather than concern for the environment or improving recycling rates.


Deputy Boyd Barrett said charges for recycling rubbish will undermine recycling and lead to even more illegal dumping.


He also said the Government should not allow companies to impose any charges for recycled waste and should also ban all non-recyclable packaging and return waste collection and recycling services to full public ownership.


Deputy Boyd Barrett said: “Charging householders for waste they go to the trouble of recycling is an utter scandal. It exposes the lie that waste charges are about protecting the environment and confirms that they are purely a means to make profit for private waste companies, many of whom don’t even pay tax in this country.


“The Government should ban any charges for recycled waste and move immediately to return waste and recycling services to public ownership.


“If the Government was serious about protecting the environment and reducing waste they would ban non-recyclable packaging and containers.


“Crucially, they would invest in developing publicly-owned domestic recycling infrastructure and industry, which could both protect the environment and potentially create many Green jobs.”


Deputy Brid Smith (PBP) has also lashed out at the move and has called on the Minister for Communications, Environment and Climate Action, Denis Naughten, to intervene and stop waste companies from introducing green bin charges.


She said some households will actually face much higher increases of more than €100 per year.


“This is the predictable outcome of the privatisation of waste services. Bin charges were justified as a way of getting people to recycle and separate waste; now they are being charged for that as well.


“I am calling on Minister Naughten to pull these companies into line and ban the charging for the green bins. What the companies are saying is not true – people will pay far more than €21 a year.”


Deputy Smith also attacked waste companies which are based offshore and claimed this was a way of hiding their profits and avoiding paying tax.


She stated the fact that recycled waste had been sent to China was a testimony to the lunacy of the State’s waste management, and added: “We need recycling facilitates in Ireland, we need to ban single-use plastic, and reduce the packaging of food and other items.


“A privatised for-profit industry will not deal with waste in a sustainable way.”


Dublin Gazette attempted to contact Panda but had not received a response by the time of going to press.

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