The Fingal County Council has unanimously passed a resolution to write to Panda Waste, urging the waste management company to reverse its decision to introduce a €3.80 fee per collection for brown bin waste. This charge, which affects one to three households, was scheduled to be implemented for the company’s 360,000 customers as early as next month. The motion was tabled by the Green Party group of Councillors; Cllr. Karen Power, Cllr. Pamela Conroy, Cllr. David Healy and Cllr. Daniel Whooley.
Councillor Karen Power spearheaded the resolution, expressing concerns over the potential consequences of the new charges. The councillor stated, “Imposing a €3.80 fee on brown bin waste could potentially hinder proper waste management for people. We must take a stand against decisions that negatively impact our constituents and the environment.”
The councillor further elaborated, “Having a fee for brown bin waste has disastrous consequences as it will encourage people to misuse brown bin waste, risk contamination for green bin and recycling waste, and put undue pressure on people due to the cost of living crisis. We, as representatives of the Fingal County Council, have a responsibility to advocate for our residents and protect their interests.”
By passing the resolution, the Fingal County Council aims to protect the environment and ensure proper waste management practices while also addressing the financial burden residents face in the current cost of living crisis. The unanimous agreement by the councillors demonstrates their commitment to the well-being of their constituents and the importance of responsible waste management in the community.
Councillor Pamela Conroy expressed optimism for the resolution’s impact, saying, “We hope that our unified stance sends a strong message to Panda Waste and encourages them to reconsider their decision. Together, we can work towards a more sustainable and financially feasible waste management system for our community.”
Councillor David Healy said “The challenge of converting to a circular economy requires a different approach to waste management. We need to design a waste system in which incentives, for both the public and for waste companies are driving towards circularity and sustainability. Charging for brown bin waste on a per lift basis would take this in the wrong direction.”