Fingal hands waste collection service over to Panda

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fingal County Council today announced that it has reached agreement with Panda Waste Management, for the sale of its residential and commercial waste collection service.

The agreement was reached following a competitive sale process involving a number waste management companies. There had been some uncertainty about who would take over collection service following the council’s decision earlier this year to exit the market. I am pleased that our customers will enjoy continuity of service with Panda. I realise that this has been a difficult time for the staff who have given years of loyal service. 

However, their redeployment within the council will greatly benefit the other departments and services. The decision to end the waste collection service followed a report initiated by SIPTU and the Council indicating that the service was no longer financially viable and would likely make a €7m loss next year.

It follows the announcement last year by both Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and South Dublin County Council to privatise their bin collection service and Dublin City Council is likely to be next. 

The Dublin region's waste infrastructure has been left in a complete mess by the previous government. The county’s landfill at Balleally near Rush is due to close in the coming months and because of objections, it will be at least five years before a new one can be opened. There is a similar time frame for the Poolbeg incinerator which was held up for so long by John Gormley. With no other option and despite having a high recycling rate, Dublin’s waste will have to be trucked to landfills as far away as Cavan and Limerick adding significantly to the cost of our waste disposal.”

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