Urban Low Income households have availed of a waiver ( in the order of €150-200 a year) for many years as their Local Authorities controversially got out of Bin collections some 10 years back and privatised it.
The reason the waiver is going is that rural people pay in full for their bin charges and abolishing the waivers levels up the charges nationally.
At the end of June everyone ( Urban and Rural) is to move to a Pay By Weight charging system and the Bin collection is to split out to a standing charge and collection charge regime nationally, it is a flat rate system in rural areas at present, in the main.
Pay by weight is not as bad as it sounds if you live in a rural area and have space for composting. It will be quite a different situation in urban areas where composting attracts even MORE rats and is easier said than done. Furthermore many apartment blocks do not have space for proper separation either.
But for many poor people this is a stealth tax and the government has not ‘finalised policy’ to ensure that the matter remains uncontroversial until after the election is over…the same way Gormley set up ‘proto’ Irish Water in 2010 and said nothing what with an election coming up. We all know what happened next.