Environmental Waste Statement

Dear Residents,
Please note that the statement below has been posted on the DLRCOCO website under 'Latest News' .

Council to remain a major player in the waste market
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council confirms that it is committed to remaining in the household waste collection market, and continues to value the support of its 34,000 customers. Despite reports to the contrary, the Council emphasises that that the black and green bin collection will continue to be provided on all routes. Furthermore, all waste-related infrastructure such as recycling bring centres and glass banks will continue to be provided by the local authority.



In order to address a situation whereby loss of customers has generated a projected financial loss of around €10m this year, it has become necessary to take urgent action:

1.The County Manager has advised the Council and the direct labour unions that the termination of the direct labour refuse collection service is under consideration. Talks with Council employees in relation to the reorganisation of the service to reduce costs and improve efficiencies are underway. In the event of an agreement not being reached, the Council will make other arrangements for the collection of the bins.

2. A public procurement process, which does not mean privatisation, would allow for the appointment of a contractor to provide a black and brown bin collection on behalf of the Council. Following the appointment of a successful contractor, the Council will continue to control all aspects of the service including charges, management of arrears, etc. as is the case with the current green bin service.

3. The Council has initiated a campaign to recover substantial arrears owed by many customers who have moved to private operators. Funding the existing waste collection and recycling service is dependent on all customers paying their environmental waste charges. Customers who are worried about arrears are encouraged to contact the Council's Waste Charges Section at (01) 205 4747 as soon as possible to discuss an instalment payment plan. However, if your account is passed to a debt collection agency, which is only the case with long-overdue accounts, the Council will not be in a position to discuss the arrears with you personally.

Regards

Cllr John Byrne

jbyrne@cllr.dlrcoco.ie   086 8501193

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