The value of Kilkenny Borough Council maintaining its waste collection service is being highlighted by Cllr Malcolm Noonan (Greens), who pointed to the example of the Dublin City Council where prices are rising following the privitisation of the service.
“Kilkenny Borough Council is one of only a few local authorities to retain its collection service, and this is keeping costs down for customers,” said Cllr Noonan, who is his party’s spokesman on the environment, community and local government.
As for other local authority areas that have transferred their waste collection to private companies, he said the Green Party was calling for a national waiver scheme “to shield low-income families from rising waste charges.”
“All local authorities who end their municipal services have an obligation to their former customers to ensure that whoever takes over the lucrative waste collection market in their functional area provide a high-quality, equitable and affordable service which does not discriminate against low-income families. My fear is that we may end up with monopolies in the waste market where consumers and the environment will be the losers,” he said.