Property management companies must incentivise recycling in apartment blocks, Fine Gael TD Hildegarde Naughton has said.
Deputy Naughton, chair of the Oireachtas Climate Committee, said companies must pass on any savings from the new waste collection model to reduce management fees.
“Under the new household waste collection arrangements model, householders are incentivised to recycle more of their waste with elements or combinations of standing charges, and per-lift, per-kilogramme, weight-bands, and weight allowance charges.
“Meanwhile, most apartment dwellers are paying the same fees as before regardless of the new household collection waste collection rules. There is a disconnect between these residents and the cost of bins, as the cost is generally just part of management fees.
“Any incentives are lost and while people in individual apartments can be extremely diligent with their recycling, some of their neighbours in the same building block may not be so attentive.
“Sadly if even one person in the block is not recycling correctly, the entire building’s recycling efforts can be contaminated and end up as landfill.
“I am calling for all management companies to show their tenants a breakdown of the cost of their waste, and to pass on savings in terms of fee reductions.
“This would ensure everyone in apartment blocks does their level best to increase their recycling efforts and decrease the amount of waste being sent to landfill.
“Guidelines and tips on how to recycle should also be mandatory in all communal refuse areas.”
Further information on how to recycle efficiently can be found at: https://www.mywaste.ie/