Increase in bin charges

 

Sir, – Greyhound Waste has just informed its Dublin customers of an increase of €1 per lift of a 240 litre black bin with effect from July 1st, 2012. The sole reason given by circular letter is the increase in the Government landfill levy by €15 per tonne from the same date.

Greyhound’s own web site refers to a black bin average weight of 20 kilo per lift in a three- bin collection system. Even allowing for an above-average 30 kilo, the additional landfill levy charge only comes to 45 cent per lift, less than half the increase being passed on to its customers by Greyhound.

This represents an overcharge of at least €14 per household per annum for a household presenting a black bin every fortnight, or €1.4 million per 100,000 such customers. – Yours etc,

ÉAMONN WALSH,

Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9.