‘With the introduction of recent bin charge hikes to cover recycling costs the wheel has come full circle on the bin tax issue. Fifteen years ago communities across north county Dublin campaigned against the introduction of bin charges, warning they would lead to privatization of the service & price increases. This was denied, we were told it was a measure to encourage recycling, that ‘you only pay for what you throw away’, as if residents were the producers of waste. If this was about recycling they would have tackled the packaging companies and the real producers of waste’, Clare Daly said.
She continued, ‘With the new recycling charges, bins are being rejected for the slightest contamination in recycling bins with extra charges and bins being left behind. Already this has led to a sharp rise in items going into black bins and reports of even worse than usual illegal dumping in our rural communities.
The report commissioned by my office, with the survey conducted by Dean Mulligan is incredibly timely. There is a massive desire for the re-municipalisation of the service with 91.1% of residents supporting it & deep discontent with the present situation. We look forward to bringing the information back to the community & actively developing an alternative co-operative service .’
Dean Mulligan said, ‘conducting the survey was an incredible experience. We spoke to 930 households in Rivervalley and the anger was enormous. The report presents our findings. It puts the issue squarely in the context of privatization & the history of waste collection in Ireland over the past number of years. In terms of recycling only 35.7% believe they get adequate advice and information on recycling with almost 2/3 believing that they don’t. There is a total lack of awareness of the impact of the legislation.
The key finding we will be moving on is the fact that 98.5% of residents expressed interest in a local not for profit co-operative waste collection service. I will be going back on the doorsteps with the survey and working with Trademark who prepared the report for us to make this a reality, and convening a follow on meeting in the coming weeks.’
The survey is available at the link below.