A Tralee waste company is blaming a lack of landfill and incineration facilities in Munster for a price increase

A Tralee waste company is blaming a lack of landfill and incineration facilities in Munster for a price increase. Higgins Waste Higgins’ Waste and Recycling Services says a huge shortfall in landfill capacity in the entire country is putting immense pressure on both companies and customer’s pockets. Service charges and the pay-by-weight system were introduced by Higgins last year. The company, which employs 20 people, says the requirement to have a minimum of €30 in customer’s accounts has not changed nor have the weight charges on bins. But a service charge will increase to €3 per week from February 1st. Higgins says it will be offering a one off payment method for a limited time. John Higgins from the company said there is an onus on the Government to address the situation in the interest of safeguarding jobs and ensuring that local companies can continue to provide a service to customers. The landfill site in Kerry closed in 2013 which led to the transportation of waste, firstly, to a landfill site in Kildare, and more recently to the UK, which has experienced an increase on the landfill tax, and The Netherlands.