RTE News - September 10, 2003

(22:33) Fingal Co Council refuse collections had to be abandoned this afternoon after they were significantly disrupted by anti-bin tax protesters.

The protesters are continuing to block two refuse trucks in the Blanchardstown area - one in Lahunda Crescent and one in the Willows estate.

The drivers and bin collection staff have gone home and the lorries will remain in the housing estates overnight guarded by security staff.

Anti waste-charge protesters say they plan to disrupt bin collections planned for Castleknock, Swords and Howth tomorrow.

Fingal County Council officials will meet tomorrow morning to decide on what action to take.

It is thought possible that they may go to the High Court to seek an injunction against the protesters.

Earlier, gardaí in north Dublin took the names of protestors who were trying to prevent refuse lorries from collecting waste.

The protestors were told they will be prosecuted.

The protests follow today's announcement that householders who have not paid their waste charges will no longer have their rubbish collected.

Fingal, which covers areas including Blanchardstown, Swords, Malahide and Balbriggan, is the first local authority in the country to implement new legislation governing the collection of waste.

It operates a tagging system and says its charges are among the cheapest in the country.

Householders must pay €5 each time they put out their rubbish if they have a green bin for recyclable waste, and €3 without a green bin.

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