Protests plan to stop profiteering by waste companies

by Sylvia Pownall
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HOUSEHOLDERS in Clondalkin will vote with their feet to protest the planned introduction of pay-by-weight bin charges in September.

Large crowds have gathered at a series of public meetings to voice their anger at the new fee mechanism which is expected to hike prices significantly.

People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny said street protests are being arranged – and warned that people were prepared to lay their rubbish at waste firms’ doorsteps.

He told The Gazette: “There will be resistance to any profiteering from the private waste management companies.

“If necessary we’ll take it from the street to the doorstep of waste management companies’ facilities if there is price gouging. Residents did this last year with success.”

Paul Doyle, 39, who lives in St Mark’s estate in Rowlagh, said: “I feel very strongly about this. We can’t afford it. It’s just one thing after another.”

Mr Doyle said he felt the opposition campaign was well supported and gaining momentum faster than the swell against water charges.

He told The Gazette: “I remember being at the very first water meeting and there were about four of us at it. The first bin meeting earlier this month had more than 40 people at it.

“I think people are a bit empowered over the water because it paid off. With that I was just not paying and that was it. But this is different because it affects everybody and we all need a waste collection service.

“We have four in the house including a young child. I’m at my wits end. I cycle to work and all I see is rubbish and if these price increases go ahead there will be more illegal dumping, attracting rats and spreading disease.”

Deputy Kenny said a number of street protests would be held in August and September and he predicted a high turnout.

He said: “People are angry about the proposed bin charges. We’ll see by September if people are going to mobilise in order to frighten the Government.”

 

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