It seems the 'Liberties' Dublins oldest enclave is fighting back vigorously in 'The battle of the bins'. A kind of guerilla warfare continues unabated here.A cat and mouse game continues in which ' black sack ' partisans lie in wait for the binmen in every alleyway-some of them stinking to the high heavens.! Dublin City Council admitted the problem , and have been rounding them up (the stinking bags) after complaints from the law abiding citizens.!
They said 'while we are doing our best to go around and pick up these wastebags after the bin collections, we could cannot patrol every area.
The city is split into those who use microchipped wheelie bins - where the householder is charged every time the bin is left out and picked up - and those who leave out black sacks, paying €2.50 per bag tag.Many of the flats in the locality are unsuiteded to the black bin system.In some areas of the city where the bags cost substantially more counterfeit tags are on sale at half the normal price-reaping substantial dividends for the nifty entrepreneurs who knew an opening when they saw one.
According to the council, 120,000 households are on the wheelie bin system while 20,000 use black sacks.
Bag collection is confined to areas of Dublin 8, Dublin 1, Dublin 3 and Dublin 7 - in effect, the older and most built-up parts of the city, where apartment dwelling makes wheelie bins an impossibility.The new Lord Mayor Catherine Byrne is from inchicore, Dublin 8 and has had numerous calls about the problem. A spokesperson for Dublin City Council said that litter wardens were busily sifting through the putrid rubbish bags to find evidence of who left them and attempt to prosecute them. Can't be to many applicants for that job. My stance on the bin taxes/new layer of double taxation is unequivocal. Wheras I cannot condone breaking the law, my best wishes to those who carry on the struggle to have this iniquitous burden which is the forerunner of privatization of essential services and more profiteering by 'friends of Fianna Fail'
BERNARD BUCKLEY, the boss of the waste collection operation Greyhound Waste Disposal Ltd (GWD) – which markets itself as Ireland’s leading
packaging waste recycyler – is a tough man to work for, especially if you’re Irish.
An Employment Appeals Tribunal case was heard in March 2006, resulting from the resignation
of one of GWD’s truck drivers, Martin Maher, who walked out when he felt he was being displaced by lowpaid non-national labour. The tribunal ruled that Maher, who had been with the company
since 1987, should be paid €18,500 and reinstated in his job. It emerged during the hearing that 18 of the company’s 28 drivers were non-nationals and, while the Irish drivers were being paid on a productivity
basis, the non-Irish drivers receive a basic wage.
No doubt this will help boost profitability at the rapidly-growing GWD, where accumulated profits stood at €2m at the end of March last year. The shares here are held by Bernard Buckley, while his son, Brian –
who is a director of the South Dublin Chamber of Commerce – is the other listed director. The father and son pair own 50% each of a sister company, Greyhound Recycling & Recovery Ltd, which had accumulated profits of almost €4m in March last year.
Bernard Buckley’s run-in with the EAT wasn’t his first spot of industrial relations bother and last year, GWD was sharply criticised by the Labour Court for operating a "bonus" scheme, which in reality involved
deductions from workers’ pay to be held against the cost of accidental damage to its vehicles. The case was taken by SIPTU, which accepted some of the company’s drivers in 2004, although Buckley refused to
negotiate with the union. The Labour Court described the so-called ‘bonus’ arrangementas "wholly inappropriate and unfair" and GWD was also told that its pay rates and conditions of employment were out of line with appropriate standards. The Labour Court also noted that "a significant number of the company’s drivers do not have fluency in theEnglish language".
Why do people constantly criticise those who see the reasons why we as citizens should not pay for what our political leaders impose upon us?
Its a strange old country we live in, where people who are crucified by direct and indirect taxes now find forgiveness in a government or state that imposes further taxes upon its citizens in the name of environmental protection, environmental duty or progress. The state in all its splendour squanders and wastes public money in the name of progress and on behalf of the people. Our elected councillors and politicial representatives are engulfed in scandals,brown envelope deals and bribes that make the the workings of the General childs play when it comes to robbing ordinary hardworking people who are being constantly asked to contribute more to the state and take less for themselves. Let us not forget that the General robbed from the rich and the banking establishment while our political representatives squander public money in bucket loads and conscrew plans and laws that drew more financial gains from people who are asked to become more productive in order to protect jobs and secure their economic progress.
Taxing people beyond their ability to pay, as they try to maintain a reasonable modern lifestyle is a recipy for economic decline and a catalyist for social unrest. Our young people are unable to step onto the housing ladder because of crippling morgage repayments, when they do they are crippled with indirect taxes,local government taxes and state taxes. The bin tax campaign is not about refusing to pay for a service of waste removal and disposal, it is about the truth behind the demand for payment for a service that does not exist, is designed by local authorities purely to secure financial gains and has no logical reasoning in local authorities belief that their charges are in the protection of the environment.
Let us look at our average bin contents and begin to seperate the contents of that bin. Now if you are a committed environmental protection supporter, you would expect your local authority to provide you with all the assistance necessary in achieving your objectives by becoming environmentally friendly. You would expect your local authority to embrace your efforts and encourage you to future achievements. But no, the local authorities will have nothing to do with your environmental efforts until you pay them their Judas money so that their hunger for revenue is prioritised over their lecturing to us all about the environment. If we seperate all our waste( produced by manufacturers) and deposit all that waste in bring centres, we find our main problem with waste disposal evolves around our ability to dispose of food waste. Local authorities know householders have a huge problem with this aspect of waste disposal and for their part they impose their dictatorship attitude of pay up or else. If you take the Ballymount Civic amenity Centre for example, their waste disposal charges has progressively increased over the few years they have been in operation. They are now at a stage where they refuse walk in disposal of waste, charge you by car load, trailer load or estate cat load. In other words they promote the opposite to what local authorities are telling us to become by imposing financial restriction on our ability to become environmentally concious, purely for the sake of profit. Let us also not forget that the vast majority of the waste we deposit in Ballymount Civiv Amenity Centre and is taken away in their waste collection trucks goes directly into landfill, therefore you are being asked to pay for a service that provide precicely the opposite to what you are being asked to pay for.
The Irish government is widely known for delaying EU Directives on a wide variety of issues purely because the cost of implimenting the Directives have not been worked out so that the consumer is the one (government thinking) who is required to pay for the upholding of the Directive.If you look at the white goods Directive for example, this Directive was stalled and delayed because government seen a problem with making the manufacturer directly repsponsble for the disposal and recycling of their products. We now have a situation where we are now being told that on purchasing a product we must also pay a recycling charge that will be include in the purchase price of the goods. This is in total contravention of the white goods Directive which states that the consumer should not be directly charged for the recycling or disposal of the purchased goods.This does not mean that the manufacturer cannot include a recycling/disposal charge in the purchase price of his products, what it does mean is that the consumer should not be directly obliged to pay for that process by listing that process and a charge associated with that process. You give the local authorities 80 Euro for the privlidge of placing a sticker on your bin so that by you purchasing a bin tag the bin collectors will empty out your bin. In other words the local authority gets a payment that can be increased at will by the local authority each year and the private commercial company gets its bin tag fee which in turn can be increased as each year passes. And this corruption is in the name of environmental awareness and responsibility. Those who pay their bin charges should be thankful that there are still people within our society who are prepared to say to the political establishment that "enough is enough" and are prepared to fight for a belief, that those who do pay their charges and who are afraid or have been coerced into paying the charges due to threats of intimidation by local authorities.
The provision of clean water, proper human waste disposal, shelter, education, health and security is the responsibility of the state. We must not forget that we, as citizens of this country are the owners of the state and that the state is not individual and a seperate entity that feeds on its citizens at the expense of its people. We seem to live in a country where the state is constantly attempting to restrict and inhibit the progress, stability and contentment of its people by demanding more but giving less. Our political representatives can instigate projects and ideas that involve the use of public money only to find those projects or ideas costing more than what was anticipated or at worst the scrapping of a project or idea. The classic example of this is the electronic voting system where politicians wrote-off the total cost of a defunct project that is now costing the taxpayer millions of Euro each year just to keep the hardware in storage.
The basic needs our people are now being taxed out of existance and will, in time result in hardship, social decline and economic deprevation by people we elect to look after our security and future interests. Local authorities are increasingly becoming enormous revenue gathering machine that are constantly being ungraded and expanded in order to meet their hunger for further financing.
Anybody with the smallest amount of brain cells would see that once one tax system is accepted by the public then local authorities will find other methods of imposing local authority taxes on the general public. We really must ask the question, DO LOCAL AUTHORITIES REALLY WORK PURELY IN THE INTEREST OF ALL THE PEOPLE?
I personally seperate all my waste and deposit that waste in the relevant bring centres. I bring my food waste to Ballymount and for that privlidge I am forced to pay 10 Euro for bringing one bag into the centre in my car. The local authority (South Dublin County Council) employed a debt collection company who threatened me with having my credit rating damaged while at the same time thye council was sending me letters inplying that if they (South Dublin County Council) were not collecting my waste, I therefore must be dumping it illegally.
So really what is all this about. Is it about protecting the environment or is it about making money?
Are our political leaders speaking with one tongue ( at meetings saying the bin tax is wrong) and then saying publically with a different tongue when the situation warrants the need to change colours. Politicians and councillors say that they disagree with idea of bin taxes but the same paracites voted, abstained or just were not present when crucial votes were cast that paved the way for the current rising taxes.
CRIMINALS have found a lucrative new source of income - stealing household bin tags.
The bin-tag bandits are taking the tags from wheelie-bins in south Dublin and selling them at cut-price rates. South Dublin County Council said it had noticed a surge in bin-tag thefts in recent weeks.
"It's people who are trying to get as many bin tags as they can to sell them on in pubs," said administrative officer Paul Fleming.
The tags, which are attached to the handles of wheelie-bins like the labels on aeroplane baggage, can easily be taken off. Gardai have been now called in to smash the black market, which is prospering in Tallaght, Clondalkin and Lucan in particular.
"The price of bin tags went up last year from €6 to €8. We have heard reports that maybe three tags are being sold for €10," said Mr Fleming.
However, the council has also encountered cases of neighbours stealing bin tags. In one recent case, a householder stole tags from his neighbour for four weeks in a row, wrote his own address on them and fixed them to his wheelie-bin. The council searched through thousands of tags from its waste collectors and found the tags that matched the receipt stub.
In another case, a woman was offered her own tag for sale, at a discount, by a door-to-door "salesman".
The council is asking people not to put their bin tags out overnight and to write their full name and address on each one. "We also tell people to watch each other's bins on the day of collection," Mr Fleming said.
About 84,000 households in South Dublin use the pay-by-volume waste collection system, and which was introduced in the face of protests in 2004. On average, each household leaves out a wheelie-bin for collection every two weeks and there are also free green bins for recycling. Although Fingal County Council also uses the same bin tag system, it has not experienced the same problems with 'bin tag bandits'. South Dublin County Council is considering the pay-by-weight system used in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown area. Each wheelie bin would be fitted with a microchip, so the tags would not be needed.
Michael Brennan(Irish Independent)