Belfast Telegraph

'Final warning' in bins dispute

Thousands of households have been put on final warning for failing to register their bins for refuse collection.

Greyhound Recycling and Recovery did not follow through on an earlier threat to leave black bins unemptied, opting instead to give customers one last chance.

The reprieve for some of the 18,000 customers threatened this week with non-collection came after Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore called for a flexible, common-sense approach to a dispute over advance payments.

Cross-party TDs and Senators have called on Environment Minister Phil Hogan to lean on Greyhound to resolve the issues after the company bought Dublin City Council's household waste services.

It is understood Greyhound has emptied all bins on runs in the city and left final-warning letters for customers yet to register and pay an upfront 100-euro fee or at least a 62-euro advance fee.

Fianna Fail deputy leader Eamon O Cuiv has warned the dispute puts Dublin at risk of becoming a cesspool, with the annual tourist bonanza of St Patrick's Day just weeks away.

He said: "There is looming chaos in our capital city. We are a month away from St Patrick's Day when thousands and thousands of people from home and abroad will visit our city. We want our city to be a showcase to the world.

No one from Greyhound has been available for comment on the dispute since a statement was issued warning the 18,000 customers.

Mr Gilmore urged the company to work with its customers and warned that it may lose business if it does not. It has been claimed some homes have had no collections for six weeks.

Oxigen, one of Greyhound's rivals in the waste business, said it has been inundated by householders in Dublin looking for a new collection company.

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