Watchdog: No evidence of ‘price gouging’ on bin charges | RTE

A watchdog group set up to monitor waste charges says it has not found evidence of “price gouging” with the phasing out of flat fee collections.

Frank Conway, Chair of the Price Monitoring Group, told an Oireachtas Committee that “while fluctuations in prices and service offerings have been observed, the overall trend is relative price stability”.

Chairwoman Hildegarde Naughten of Fine Gael asked if the Price Monitoring Group needed more powers to make waste companies pricing structure more transparent.

Mr Conway said there has been difficulty for customers getting information over the phone and that the group has called on operators to provide better training for staff.

He said there are nine different pricing models with the most popular being a service charge including a weight allowance plus per kilogramme charge for excess.

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Watchdog: No evidence of ‘price gouging’ on bin charges.