Cork Councillor who went to prison over bin charges is opposed to this years fee increase

1 February 2016
By Tom O’Sullivan

Anti Austerity Alliance councillor Mick Barry this morning slammed Government plans to make householders pay for every kilo of waste they produce including the contents of green bins from July 1.

Cllr Mick Barry (Anti Austerity Alliance)
Cork City Cllr Mick Barry (Anti Austerity Alliance)

The plans have been signed off on by Environment Minister Alan Kelly on the eve of the General Election according to yesterday’s Sunday Business Post.

Some reports indicate that the new charges which include the first mandatory fees for green bins could end up costing households an extra 100 euro per annum.

The average household bins about 1,000 kilos of waste per annum.

Cllr Barry said this morning: “The Fine Gael-Labour Party coalition government has burdened households with a raft of new charges including the water charge and the property tax. Now, at the very end of their term a Labour Party Minister is squeezing in one last new charge in the form of increased bin charges. Very few will be fooled by Department of the Environment claims that pay per weight will reduce bin charges for most households – the opposite will be the case.”

Cllr Barry said that bins charges should be abolished and bin services restored to public ownership, run by Councils and funded from a progressive tax system which makes the wealthiest pay their fair share.

Cllr Barry was jailed fifteen years ago for his part in the campaign against the introduction of bin charges.

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