Opposition to new bin charges regime mounts

A protest is due to take place outside Dublin City Hall this evening

Opposition to new bin charges regime mounts

File photo. Image by Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie

A protest against the new bin charges will take place outside Dublin's City Hall this evening.

The Government has left it up to disposal companies to set rates.

Waste collectors will be allowed to offer a range of pricing plans - such as standing, per-lift or per-kilogramme charges, as well as weight-bands or weight allowance charges.

Campaigners have pledged to put the same level of energy that was devoted to the anti-water campaign into defeating the new charging regime.

The changes are due to come into effect in September.

Fianna Fáil, meanwhile, has called for the new charging system to be frozen until an independent waster regulator can be established.

Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast this morning, Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger said her party would favour progressive taxation to pay for local services such as waste collection.

She explained: "What we certainly will do is apply massive political pressure at local authority level where we have councillors, but also in the Dáil.

"It's very clear what we have is a very, very right-wing government which is more concerned with creating a lucrative model and market for bin companies than it is for protecting people from unfair charges."

Sinn Féin Councillor Daithí Doolan says big business needs to bear the cost, not ordinary households.

On today's Pat Kenny Show, He argued: "If we're always going to settle for second best, we will always get second best.

"We're asking for the minister to stop these new charges coming in - he has absolute power to do that - and also take a more comprehensive and holistic view of our waste management strategy."

Today's protest will get underway at 5.30pm, and is being organised to coincide with this evening's Dublin City Council meeting.