PRESS RELEASE

 

8 July 2010

 

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council announces its intention to appoint Panda as Waste Services Provider

 

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has announced today that, following a public tender, it is in the process of appointing Panda as the preferred waste services provider for its existing customers with effect from 26 July 2010. The announcement follows the recent decision of the Council to withdraw from the provision of a household waste service as of July 2010.

 

The Council is recommending that its existing customers avail of the Panda service.

 

Panda will provide a ‘grey’ and ‘green’ bin service to all existing Council customers instead of the current ‘grey’ bin service provided directly by the Council and the ‘green’ bin service provided by Greyhound.

 

A ‘brown’ bin service will also be provided from December 2010.

 

Panda will also make provision for all other categories of waste collection from Council customers (tags, schools, commercial).

 

The service will be free for six months (from 26 July 2010 to 31 January 2011) to all domestic households who currently avail of the Council’s bin collection or bagged collection service.

 

The charges (fixed, lift and weight) to be applied from 1 February 2011 will be 20% below the charges currently applied by the Council. These charges will be held at this level until at least 2014.

 

Panda will continue to operate the Council’s Waiver Scheme (incl. Hardship Clause) for low-income households.

 

Frank Austin, the Council’s Director of Water and Waste Services stated today that he was delighted with the outcome of the tender process for both the customer and the Council and that he believed the offer from Panda would be attractive for the Council’s existing customers.

 

This is a ‘win-win’ for both our customers and the Council itself,” Mr Austin said, emphasising that the new arrangement “acknowledges the loyal support of our customers for the Council’s waste service over the years and ensures that they will enjoy a quality service at a lower cost.”

 

He added that “the Council will make a substantial financial saving and that the redeployment of staff who currently provide the ‘grey’ bin service would result in the delivery of improved services across the areas of Street Cleansing, Water & Waste services, Transportation and Parks.” He also confirmed that there would be no compulsory redundancies.

 

Mr Austin stated that he would be writing to all existing customers over the next week informing them of the detail of the offer from Panda and to advise them that if they are happy with the arrangement, they do not need to do anything further. Panda will take over the bin service on the normal collection day for all areas and will contact the customer in due course.

 

Notwithstanding its decision to cease to provide a household waste service, the Council will honour all its commitments to the Regional Waste Strategy including its obligations in relation to the proposed Poolbeg ‘Waste to Energy’ facility.

 

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