The Competition and Consumer Protection Commissions (CCPC) urged the Department of Environment late last year to consider overhauling waste sector regulation to better protect consumers.
However, department officials indicated they were reluctant to expand waste collection firms’ licence conditions to address consumer matters, as recommended by the CCPC.
In a letter to Denis Naughten, the environment minister, Isolde Goggin, the chair of the CCPC, said the government should consider regulating waste companies through “directly enforceable licence conditions”. The letter, released under freedom of information, argued that this type of regulation could be “more effective and efficient” than the current system of trying to follow up on problems after they are identified.
“We remain concerned at the prevalence and persistence of competition and consumer issues, both…