Concern about bin col­lec­tion

Bray People - - NEWS -

CLLR Joe Be­han called for a sus­pen­sion of stand­ing or­ders to dis­cuss the govern­ment’s po­si­tion on fu­ture pric­ing of refuse col­lec­tion and re­cy­cling.

Cllr Be­han said that an agreed price freeze had come to an end on June 30. ‘As and from now, refuse col­lec­tion com­pa­nies can up prices to what­ever they want,’ said Cllr Be­han. ‘Yet the Govern­ment does not seem to know ex­actly what it wants to do re­gard­ing con­trol­ling pos­si­ble es­calla­tion of pric­ing. THe Govern­ment is mak­ing policty on the hoof. Hav­ingg some kind of watch­dog is not strong enough.’

He pro­posed writ­ing to the min­is­ter ask­ing that the price freeze be con­tin­ued un­til there is more clar­i­fi­ca­tion on how peo­ple will be pro­tected.

‘We should also ask for waste col­lec­tion to come back un­der pub­lic con­trol,’ he said. ‘We don’t have the money, but if the Govern­ment de­cided dis­posal of waste was an im­por­tant enough is­sue, it could be done.’

He said that there is a sit­u­a­tion at the mo­ment where in one day, four lor­ries could go up and down the same street, with no ap­pre­cia­ble dif­fer­ence in price.

Cllr Be­han said that the let­ter should also in­clude a re­quest for a waiver scheme for those of lim­ited means, par­tic­u­larly older peo­ple.

‘We had a refuse waiver scheme when we had con­trol. For a num­ber of years then we as­sisted peo­ple with the pur­chase of bags. That was all wiped away with Wick­low County Coun­cil and peo­ple of lim­ited means are get­ting no sup­port at all.

Cllr Pat Vance agreed that they should write to the min­is­ter. He said that a lot of peo­ple said at the time of pri­vati­sa­tion that a mo­nop­oly would take over, that Green­star would run the whole sys­tem. ‘In ac­tual fact what Cllr Be­han said is true, no­body en­vis­aged four trucks com­ing into one es­tate.’

He said that the cost to the county of waste dis­posal was 50 or 60 mil­lion eu­ros. ‘A pri­vate com­pany came in, bought the land and sold it to Green­star for a for­tune.’ He spoke about the use of incin­er­a­tion rather than land­fill to dis­pose of waste. He said that he had pro­posed a waiver sys­tem years ago and agreed that peo­ple need clar­ity on cost, and that a waiver sys­tem should be in­tro­duced.

Cllr Oliver O’Brien said that there is too much waste be­ing pro­duced with so much pack­ag­ing. ‘We were told we’d be work­ing at two-day week by now, and th rea­son we’re not is so many peo­ple work­ing in the pack­ag­ing in­dus­try. We need to look at that or we’ll be work­ing a seven day week. There was no such thing as a rub­bish in­dus­try in my day.’ He re­called a time of buy­ing bis­cuits separately and un­pack­aged, or sweets from a jar.

Cllr Michael O’Con­nor said that whether there is one waste management com­pany or 40, whether there is a mo­nop­oly or not, peo­ple are screwed. ‘Prices go up and up and up,’ he said. ‘I ab­so­lutely agree with Cllr O’Brien, some­thing has to be done to ad­dress the amount of pack­ag­ing. It’s ab­so­lutely dis­grace­ful.’

CLLR Steven Matthews agreed about the pack­ag­ing. He said that the let­ter should ask the min­is­ter to re­view the Repak syste to ad­dress ex­ces­sive pack­ag­ing.

Cathaoir­leach Cllr Christo­pher Fox said that he agreed that a price freeze and a waiver scheme should be re­quested. He said that tak­ing waste pack into pub­lic charge is prob­lem­atic be­cause of a lack of land­fill, and so much go­ing into incin­er­a­tion.

It was agreed that Cllr Joe Be­han would pre­pare a draft let­ter and send it to the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tor.

Cllr Pat Vance

Cllr Joe Be­han

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