TENS OF THOUSANDS of households across Dublin face increased bin charges from today as waste collection companies up prices by more than 10 per cent.
The companies, which cover the four local authorities across Dublin, say that that the price rise is to cover the increase in the Government landfill levy.
Greyhound, which covers the area previously served by Dublin City Council, is increase the cost of a black bin lift by €1 from the current price of €6 to €7. Greenstar and Panda have said that they will be passing on a pro-rate increase to customers.
The landfill levy, which is designed to encourage recycling and applies only to rubbish in black bags, will increase today to €65 per tonne. The price had previously been €50 per tonne.
The plans by the waste collection companies to increase the charges has been branded a ‘rip off’ and a ‘farce’ by local representatives, who have said that the rationale for the increase is spurious and does not stand up to scrutiny.
Greyhound took over the waste collection service from Dublin City Council at the end of January and had made it clear that there would be a price increase. The exact amount was not known until the last fortnight.