#1

has anyone else got a letter from Oxigen, informing them that the black bin collection will reduce from 4 collections per month to 2 collections per month?
ie fortnightly black bin collection.


i just recently paid my recent quarterly bill and there was no mention of it when i called to pay, neither any notification by post, until i received the letter today.

so i paid my bill based on 4 black bin collections per month, and now after taking my money, they are reducing it to 2 black bin collections per month.


anyone else get this letter?


can anyone recommend a reliable bin collecton company in the Drogheda area?

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gipi Registered User
#2

Yep I got the letter too.

I'm a pay as you use customer, so it doesn't affect me as much (other than timing the leaving out of the bin correctly).

From what I understand in their letter, the alternative to reducing the frequency was to increase the charges, since the cost of bringing the waste to landfill was increased by the government again.

If the "dual chamber" bin lorry that Oxigen are going to use is a success, I can see other companies trying it too.

drogdub Registered User
#3

gipi said:
Yep I got the letter too.

I'm a pay as you use customer, so it doesn't affect me as much (other than timing the leaving out of the bin correctly).

From what I understand in their letter, the alternative to reducing the frequency was to increase the charges, since the cost of bringing the waste to landfill was increased by the government again.

If the "dual chamber" bin lorry that Oxigen are going to use is a success, I can see other companies trying it too.


I got this letter too. I think what they are saying is reasonable enough. Rather than just increasing prices, they are trying to hit their customers in the pocket less, even if it effects the service. I fill a smaller bin once a week so I guess I'll have to get the bigger bin.

troops Registered User
#4

IE2012 said:

can anyone recommend a reliable bin collecton company in the Drogheda area?



i use panda...black bin every week, green every 2nd week...no problems with them at all..think they're about 280 for the year

#5

drogdub said:
I got this letter too. I think what they are saying is reasonable enough. Rather than just increasing prices, they are trying to hit their customers in the pocket less, even if it effects the service. I fill a smaller bin once a week so I guess I'll have to get the bigger bin.



its similar to a price increase, you are getting less for your money.

when i paid my quarters bill by phone a few weeks ago, i was not told that they were changing anything, and i expected my bin to be collected every week.

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ShiverinEskimo Hosted Moderator
#6

The government's increased land-fill charges are to make more money first, encourage more recycling second.

Plenty of people are still chucking everything into the black bin. Especially plastic bottles which can be dropped at most bottle-banks.

highlandseoghan Registered User
#7

Panda seem to be doing a good job at the moment. I switched to panda about 8 months ago and they have been good so far.

Lord TSC Moderator
#8

My understanding was that the company is going to have their fees doubled. In such a situation, the customer is faced with two options....

1. Half the collections.
2. Double the price.

While its not ideal, I'd much rather option one to option two....

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#9

Teamshadowclan said:
My understanding was that the company is going to have their fees doubled. In such a situation, the customer is faced with two options....

1. Half the collections.
2. Double the price.

While its not ideal, I'd much rather option one to option two....



my point was that when i phoned to pay, i was not told of pending changes, either on the phone, or by post.

if i had been told in advance i would have changed provider.

highlandseoghan Registered User
#10

The op should have been told of the changes when he was making a payment. I dont think people should have to settle for either option. Vote with your feet switch to panda who are still offering a weekly black bin collection and not charging any extra. If a company is charging more for a service than another provider people need to switch companies demand a refund because all oxygen customers payed and agreed to have there bins collected on a weekly basis now that oxygen are changing the terms its time to look for a refund and go else where.

working fool Registered User
#11

gipi said:
Yep I got the letter too.

I'm a pay as you use customer, so it doesn't affect me as much (other than timing the leaving out of the bin correctly).

From what I understand in their letter, the alternative to reducing the frequency was to increase the charges, since the cost of bringing the waste to landfill was increased by the government again.

If the "dual chamber" bin lorry that Oxigen are going to use is a success, I can see other companies trying it too.


So far I haven't seen any of these "dual chamber" trucks on the road any morning I'm going to work .
I have seen the old trucks with the two curtains covering the back re-painted in black on one side and green on the other .

Around our area everyone got extra bags to cope with the extra waste .

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TorresLegend Registered User
#12

Got the same letter from Oxigen. They say they provide 5 extra bags in case you have no room in the bin every two weeks. How often do they provide these bags? Because theoretically you'd get 5 of the Oxigen bags in a bin, so I'd hope it is five bags every two weeks, but doubt this is the case. Has anyone heard any more?

R.O.R Registered User
#13

The government charges for waste have increased from €30 per Ton to €60 per Ton (think that's what I read in the letter), so halving the collections seemed fair enough, however....

According to this article - http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/ireland-has-third-highest-waste-level-per-capita-147581.html the average individual produces 742kg of waste per annum, so a family of 4 produces approx. 3 Tons of waste per year. That would only mean an increase of €90 per annum to Oxigen whereas the overall effect of halving the collections is actually another €280 per annum. Bit of a rip off.

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tweety76 Registered User
#14

TorresLegend said:
Got the same letter from Oxigen. They say they provide 5 extra bags in case you have no room in the bin every two weeks. How often do they provide these bags? Because theoretically you'd get 5 of the Oxigen bags in a bin, so I'd hope it is five bags every two weeks, but doubt this is the case. Has anyone heard any more?


I rang and asked about this. The 5 bags are only a temporary measure to get us used to the new schedule. They will be left with the bin at the next collection so for me its in 2 weeks time. This will be a once off.

Although the collection is being halved which is frustrating for me its still a cheaper option at 54 per quarter, compared to 70 per quarter w Panda and 78 per quarter w Tag a bin.

If anyone has gotten a better deal please let me know as I am open to switching!

working fool Registered User
#15

Try ace recycling they are very good .

Plus the tax/ levy on landfil waste has gone up which is a percentage of the overall cost of disposal .
If waste was €70 per tonne + €30 tax =€100 per tonne .
And the tax is doubled so
€70 + €60 = €130 per tonne !
So total cost is not doubled .

Plus most company's in the reigon use the incinerator in duleek so I'm not sure if a landfill increase would even effect the total cost afaik ?

And if oxygen are doin half the job should they not charge half price ?

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