Waste companies want clear guidelines on billing changes
A County Wicklow waste company has raised concerns about the ‘pay by weight’ system which is to be introduced on June 1.
Shane Byrne of AWD said that companies are being inundated with concerns from customers and that they are still awaiting information from Wicklow County Council.
Once June comes, every resident in the county will be obliged to be signed up to a licensed waste collection company and charges will apply to the weight of rubbish collected.
‘ This is a nationwide initiative and it is to ensure that the ‘polluter pays’ policy is rolled out – that those who create the most waste pay the most. It makes sense but there is still an a lot of confusion over how it will be implemented,’ Mr Byrne said.
According to Mr Byrne, the issue of exemptions is proving particularly confusing for customers.
‘ The plan is that every single customer would have a wheelie bin but this is not practical. The landscape of County Wicklow means that not one of our routes is fully accessible by lorry and customers rely on bringing their waste in a bag to be collected at the top of their lane, for instance.
‘Exemptions must be sought but as I understand it the waste company has to apply and not the customer. The individual account holder should have to make the application as it is their account.’
He added that if implemented effectively, the new system will result in lower levels of waste.
‘ The challenge for householders will be to have as little waste as possible and to keep their bins as light as they can so a lower bill will be the incentive to recycle and compost as much as possible. The problem we are facing is, in order to be able to put the correct information out there to our customers we have to be fully informed and we have not been. The thought process of having a wheelie bin for every premises is not practical, especially in a county like Wicklow.’
Mr Byrne further expressed concern that ‘fly tipping will go through the roof ’ if the new system is not properly implemented.
Shane Byrne from AWD.