Waste com­pa­nies want clear guide­lines on billing changes

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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.

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