The Waste Crisis: Should the City Manager resign?

Pressure is mounting on private waste firm Greyhound to maintain bin collection services for Dublin households which have yet to pay their waste charges.

Householders intending to retain Greyhound’s services had until close of business yesterday to make a payment of at least €62. The company has said it will stop collecting bins from customers who have not paid.

Speaking in New York yesterday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny asked for “common sense” to be shown by the company in getting over the teething problems which resulted from the transfer of Dublin City Council’s waste service.

The council last December sold its list of 140,000 customers to Greyhound. The company began collections one month ago, but there has since been a large number of complaints from householders that their rubbish was not picked up on their designated collection day.

The Oireachtas Environment Committee yesterday called on Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan to intervene to resolve the situation and ensure uncollected waste does not become a public health hazard.

Committee chairman Ciarán Lynch said there were problems with the payment methods, particularly for householders without email access.

“We are concerned that domestic users should not be inconvenienced for lack of adequate procedural arrangements being in place and at the potential public health risk of waste not being collected in a timely fashion.

“The committee is also concerned that this situation, if allowed to continue, may result in illegal dumping.”

Greyhound yesterday began sticking notices on the bins of householders indicating their accounts had not been paid.

Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin described the tactic as “deplorable”, and said some stickers had been placed in error on the bins of customers who had paid.

“It’s not enough that struggling families are being hit with extra charges in this changeover, but now they are being literally named and shamed by Greyhound.”

Fianna Fáil deputy leader Éamon Ó Cuív yesterday warned the city would become a “cesspool” of waste.

The council yesterday said there had been no reports of any significant increases in unauthorised litter disposal. However, it said it would use its enforcement powers to deal with accumulating waste from households that have not signed up to a waste-collection service.

Greyhound this week issued a statement that 18,000 householders had not signed up to its service. The council said figures supplied to it by the company yesterday showed that number had fallen to 13,300.

However this does not mean that some 127,000 have chosen to sign up with Greyhound.

The 33,000 customers who are in receipt of a waiver of the annual standing charge did not have to meet yesterday’s deadline, nor did the 15,000 customers who use bags instead of wheelie bins.

Greyhound would not provide a spokesman.

From The Irish Times 


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