Press release

 

9th July 2010

 

Ward welcomes improved bin service for council customers

 

Fine Gael Councillor Barry Ward (Blackrock) has warmly welcomed Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council’s announcement that it will be appointing Panda to take over its bin collection service.

 

Brown bin service

 

Councillor Ward said that he was particularly pleased to see that Panda will be providing a brown bin service from the end of the year. “We have been promised brown bins for a long time now and it’s great to see that a firm commitment has been made to delivering this much needed and demanded service.

 

“Thousands of tonnes of waste are put into landfill from homes in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown every year. A brown bin service is a simple and effective way of separating compostable, organic waste at source, preventing it from needlessly filling up precious landfill capacity.”

 

Financial savings

 

Councillor Ward also welcomed the financial savings: “This move by the Council is a win/win for people who live in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown: the service continues seamlessly; waivers remain for those who need them; the Council saves the €4million it was losing annually through bin collection; and customers pay nothing for 6 months, and 20% less after that.

 

“The Labour Party has tried to stop this move on two occasions, despite the fact that this is a wholly positive development: no worker will lose his job, the Council has more money to re-direct into improving services, and customers will receive a better and cheaper bin service.”

 

“I hope that Labour councillors can see now how short-sighted they were in trying to stop the Manager from outsourcing bin collection. Fine Gael consistently supported this common-sense approach and the residents of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown will be better off for it.”

 

ENDS

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