Hogan's stand

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan will soon have to make a decision on waste collection services, writes John Burke.

4th March, 2012
Hogan's stand
The government wants a 'competitive tender' approach to providing waste collection services. Photo: PA/Photocall

New government guidelines which will have a radical impact on the nation's multimillion-euro household waste collection services are expected to be announced by environment minister Phil Hogan within weeks.

The Programme for Government contains a commitment to change the market from one in which private collectors compete in an entirely open arena - called side-by-side competition - to one in which the council decides the type of service it wants, called 'competitive tendering'.

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