Warning to 18,000 over bin service

Tue, Feb 14, 2012, 00:00

Up to 18,000 former Dublin City Council household bin customers have chosen not to sign contracts with the private waste company that bought the council's waste business.

Greyhound Recycling and Recovery has said it will stop collecting bins from these customers from Thursday if it does not receive a payment of at least €62 from customers.

It is not known how many of the 18,000 households have chosen alternative private company since the council divested itself of its waste collection business last month. The council last December sold its list of 140,000 customers to Greyhound, but householders are not obliged to sign up to the service.

Private waste firm Oxigen said it has signed up new customers across Dublin city. The company would not say what proportion of the 18,000 customers it had secured, but a spokeswoman said it has had particular success with attracting custom from the northside of the city and the Dublin 6 area.

Unlike Greyhound, Oxigen allows customers to avoid paying annual standing charges if they pay a higher charge for each bin lift.

Customers wishing to maintain Greyhound collections must pay the annual service charge of €100, or a six-month payment of €50 if they sign up to an automatic top-up payment that requires them to maintain €12 credit with the company for their lift charges.

In a statement today, Greyhound chief executive Michael Buckley said there would be “no exceptions” to that policy.