Hardpressed householders in the Kilkenny City area are facing a further hike in rubbish disposal charges from January, with a third bin set to become a legal requirement, writes Sam Matthews.
The third bin will be designated for food waste, which, by law, householders will be required to separate from their general landfill bin. The legal requirement – an EU initiative –will come into effect in the new year.
Households that have a waste collection service will need to receive a third bin specifically for food waste. Unlike regular composting units, the third bin will be able to take all food waste – both cooked and uncooked.
The operation of the third bin will depend on the individual service providers. Both Greenstar and Doheny Wheelie Bins have said arrangements are still being finalised about how their services will accommodate it, but both confirmed that the extra bin is going to cost householders.
The regulation only covers households in urban environments, and in Kilkenny’s case, that means Kilkenny City and environs. To check if your house falls within the designated ‘Kilkenny urban area’, visit www.kilkennycoco.ie.
The third bin scheme is part of an overall strategy to encourage recycling and move away from using landfills.
But opponents have argued that increasing the price of official management disposal is leading to an increase in illegal dumping or improper use of public litter bins. At a county council meeting last Februrary, councillor Michael O’ Brien called for an audit of households, to see who is doing what with their rubbish. It’s estimated that some 40% of households do not avail of a waste collection service.