Payment dispute threatens to impact waste collection


The waste collection cooperative GreenPak called on WasteServ to settle outstanding debts of nearly € 500,000 or its collection service would stop and “waste would pile up in the streets”.

The cooperative, which manages the collection and recycling of packaging waste, claimed in a court protest that the state waste management entity had unilaterally decided to change the terms of a long-standing agreement that covers waste that GreenPak ships to Wasteserv.

Wasteserv had introduced “radical changes” in the tariffs and methodology defined in the agreement, signed in December 2012 and renewed since, GreenPak said.

Despite several meetings and correspondence, no solution to the problem was found.

GreenPak, which is made up of 1,200 local businesses, claims it is owed € 445,455.47 for its services between January and June, but WasteServ claims it is € 279,396.93.

The state agency offered to pay this sum in full and final settlement for all the waste sold to it during those six months, but GreenPak “certainly could not agree” to this condition, he said. declared.

The situation was further aggravated when, despite correspondence clearly exchanged “without prejudice”, WasteServ filed a deposit slip for this sum, indicating that the rates set out in the attached correspondence “should apply”.

Since January, GreenPak has not received any payment from WasteServ, not even the part of the money that appears to be “undisputed,” the court was told.

This “abusive and illegal” action has placed GreenPak in “enormous difficulty” making it very difficult for it to pay its collectors.

Unless WasteServ pays its dues, garbage collectors would not be paid, service would stop and “garbage would pile up on the streets,” GreenPak lawyers have warned.

The problem was not just business, but a matter of national concern that could potentially impact public health, the court was told.

Adding insult to injury, GreenPak had received a “warning letter” from the Environment and Resources Authority saying that if the cooperative breached its obligations to collect waste from door to door, and to a certain frequency, it would be held responsible.

GreenPak asked WasteServ to pay its dues and pay the damages suffered by the co-op.

Lawyers Antoine Naudi and Tyrone Grech signed the legal protest.

Wasteserv reports “releases” in materials sent for recycling

In a statement released on Sunday, Wasteserv, without directly referring to the lawsuit, denied withholding payment for the delivery of the segregated waste and said it was GreenPak that refused payments for the recyclables delivered. He said he would now deposit the funds in court.

The agency explained that private operators, like GreenPak, deliver recyclable materials – consisting of paper, cardboard, plastic and metal – to WasteServ and are then paid for said recyclables and charged for rejects. Discards are waste that cannot be recycled.

He said, however, that the February and June exercises revealed that the reject rates were 33.48% and 27.2%, respectively.

“This means that in the exercise held in February, 33 kg out of 100 kg delivered were material that could not be recycled, and when the same exercise was repeated in June, 27 kg out of 100 kg were rejects,” Wasteserv said.

The releases included clothing, bulky items, organic waste and hazardous materials such as clinical waste, dead animals, highly flammable substances / devices and other similar materials.

“Paying for the delivery of these rejected materials is clearly not an option as the public operator would subsidize its own failure,” Wasteserv said, adding that this would deplete its resources, which would impact the country’s environmental performance.

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