Bin waiver scheme in Limerick facing new cuts

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Facing cuts: the bin waiver scheme
THOUSANDS of elderly and vulnerable people across Limerick city are facing cuts to their free bin collection service from the end of the month.

THOUSANDS of elderly and vulnerable people across Limerick city are facing cuts to their free bin collection service from the end of the month.

The current waiver service provided by Mr Binman was due to end on Saturday.

But the council has extended the contract by a month, with around 4,000 people relying it in the city.

Now, Anti-Austerity Alliance councillor Cian Prendiville is leading calls for a public meeting on the matter, with Independent member John Gilligan saying he feels “fobbed off” with previous reassurances from management.

At present, the council provides a free bin collection every two weeks to pensioners, and every three weeks for the unemployed, with the service costing around €250.

But with the funding cut to €540,000, the council is instead proposing to give a voucher, worth €85 to people currently eligible for free bin collections.

Cllr Prendiville said: “This cannot be allowed. If this scheme is scrapped, it will mean extra bills of €250 for some just to maintain the same level of service as last year. The idea of replacing that with a voucher for €85 in reality amounts to a huge new imposition on some of the most vulnerable.”

Cllr Gilligan added that under the new regime, the council will no longer negotiate special rates with Mr Binman, or other providers.

“Instead of getting enough lifts to cover the year, people are going to be given €85 and told: get on with it. It is about time we stood up and defended the people of the city which is what we were elected to do,” he added.

A council spokesperson insisted the new scheme has not been fully agreed yet.

“Eligibility criteria will be available once the scheme is approved,” he added, stating the executive is working with the council’s party leaders.