Nearly a third of Carrick-on-Suir Town Council’s refuse collection customers qualify for a full waiver or reduction in their bin charges, a Council meeting heard last week.
A total of 317 out of just over 1000 Town Council refuse collection customers have all or part of their refuse charges waived due to their economic circumstances.
This represents 32% of the Council’s refuse collection customers, Town Clerk Michael O’Brien informed the Council’s July meeting.
He was replying to a query from Independent Cllr Richie O’Neill, who works in the Council refuse collection service. Cllr O’Neill responded that it was difficult for the Council to continue offering a waiver scheme.
Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan had earlier asked if it was viable for the Council to continue providing a refuse collection service in view of the competition from commercial waste businesses.
Mr O’Brien responded that the Council was still very much in the refuse collection business but the future of the service was still under review by the Co. Council. He promised to update the members when there were any development but said it wasn’t prudent to go into any more detail at the moment.
Sinn Fein Cllr Liam Walsh urged the Council to do all in its power to continue providing a refuse collection service.