Bin Charges 2018 – What is Changing?

Pay by weight Bin Charges were  supposed to become compulsory in Ireland back in July 2016  – but those changes were suspended for a year after concerns about bin companies raising prices .  The government then agreed with the bin companies to suspend the introduction of pay by weight charging for 12 months until July 2017.

In July 2017 : The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment announced that they would not be enforcing a Pay by Weight system . Instead – they will just no longer allow flat rate bin charges  to be applied.

So – this means that for many people , bin charging methods probably won’t change much.   Waste collection companies will be free to use several options or combinations of charging methods such as :- standing charges, pay per-lift, pay per-kilogramme, pay by weight-bands, and weight allowance charges.   Standing charges are still going to be allowed but the bin companies will also have to incorporate a charge that relates to the amount of waste a household produces.

The new rules on no flat rate charges are supposed to be “phased in” over 15 months.   So new customers or renewing customers cannot be offered a flat rate fee for residual household waste from 30th September 2017.

The problem is however, that the weight limits applied by individual operators
may be so high as to not achieve the intended policy objective,which is to incentivise customers to reduce and sort their waste.

There was also a promise by the government of some help for people with long-term medical incontinence in the form of a subsidy towards bin charges  of €75 a year. This payment will be to help towards the extra cost of disposal of incontinence products. The details of  this support have yet to be confirmed.

Note: If you live in a town with a population of over 500 – your bin provider is obliged to give you a brown bin for food waste and other organic waste. This was supposed to have been the case for over a year now – but it seems some waste companies have not been providing them in some areas.

Food waste is typically the heaviest waste – so by putting all your food waste in the brown compost bin you will reduce any weight related charges on your general waste.

Update – March 2018

Charges for Green Bins
The majority of bin companies didn’t charge for green recycling bins – but that has now started to change because of the increased costs of recycling.

From April 19th 2018, Panda will charge 80 cents per lift of recycling bins and 4.5 cents per kg of waste in these bins.

City Bin are also adding €1.90 a month to their service charge to cover the cost of recycling from April 2018

Greyhound have said they will be making a charge for green recycling bins from June or July this year

Back in  July 2016 Minimum by weight charges were going to be set at the following rates :
11c/kg for(standard non recyclable) – usually Black Bins
6c/kg for organic/food  waste (usually a brown bin)
0c/kg for  recycling bins (Usually green)

There will now be no minimum or maximum charges  per kg.

Bin Charges Compared  – July 2016 (These are the rates some of the  bin companies were planning to charge before the suspension was announced )

(Green recycling bins were  all zero charge unless stated otherwise.)

Thorntons €104 annual service charge. 35c per kg black bin and 20c per kg for brown bin

Greyhound  €169 annual service charge   35c /kg for black bin ; 23c/kg brown bin. (They charge different prices for different areas)

Panda (Fingal)  €86 Annual Charge ; Black bin €3.20 per lift plus 27c per kg ; Brown Bin €2.56 per lift plus 16c per kg

City Bin  Dublin €155.48 service chg  20c/kg Black , 20c/Kg Brown

City Bin Athlone  €180 Annual Service chg ;  26c/kg Black   16c/kg Brown
OR €120 Ann an 35c per KG  20c/kg Brown

Barna – Galway  €144 annual charge  ; Black Bin 19c per kg; Green Bin 8c per kg; Brown bin €0.10 per kg.

Barna (Mayo)  Annual Charge €204 ; Black bin (General waste) 22c /kg  ; Brown Bin (compost) 12c/kg

Ray Whelan (Carlow)  Service Charge €168   ; Black bin  23c/kg ;Brown  16c/kg

Greenstar Cork – €234 annual service charge , Black Bin 18c /kg ; Brown bin   14c/kg
Greenstar Fingal €156 ann  33c/kg black bin , 20c/kg brown
Greenstar NW  €100 ann , 35c /kg black , 20c/kg Brown ;  5c/kg recycling (green)

AES – €180- ann chg , 25c/kg black , 15c/kg brown

McGraths (Co Mayo)  €352  annual  charge – which includes 300kg of residual waste (black bin)  After that they    at charge 22 cent per KG.


14 thoughts on “Bin Charges 2018 – What is Changing?

  1. if i have to pay by weight ,well thats the way it is ,but havin said that what is the service charge for ,to me we are paying twice ,and its no longer acceptable,and this will be a bigger issue than the water chargers ,these waste companies have been given a licence to print money,pay by weight may be suspended for the moment ,but its not going to go away,its a cartel now and its a case of the dog wagging the tail sadly ,people power is whats needed,maybe take a leaf out of the French way of protesting.

  2. We recycle, and because of this, we will be paying more if pay by weight comes in.I only put out my bin once a month, we can already see some dumping, it will get worse.

  3. I expect to be moving to Ireland in the not too distant future, and it strikes me that the whole approach towards waste disposal and the associated costs is almost certainly going to bring undesired consequences. As has been mentiond earlier, fly tipping and the furtive use of neighbours’ bins will increase directly in proportion to the cost of disposal.
    I agree in principle that pay-by-weight is (in theory at least) the fairest way to charge for waste disposal. However, the nature of some people will lead them to go to almost any lengths to avoid paying their fair share for the services they receive. I’m sure I’m not alone in my anger when I encounter building rubble or old sofas and washing machines dumped in the entrances to fields or in culverts. The cross subsidising by small housholds to help larger families is something I am prepared to accept, via a standard charge levied on all residential propeties, if it helps to keep our environment free from consequences of the base instincts of a few. The larger families will eventually make greater contributions to the system as a whole, and in doing so help to subsidise others’ in their turn.

  4. You have Ray Whelan of Carlow annual service charge at €168, this week i was quoted €23 per month by them which is €276 a far cry from the €168 on your page

    • They published those charges of €14 per month – so maybe you should ask them why your quote was higher.
      All pay by weight charges are suspended for now anyway – so we will have to wait and see if prices change in the next 12 months or not.

  5. If they are charging per kilo -why Panda has bin charge collection fee and fee for weight. Surely That must be illegal.

  6. I’m all in favour of a ‘pay by weight’ system. It is in keeping with the ‘polluter pays’ principle.
    However, Greyhound tell me that their service charge is going up from €60 per annum to €169 per annum (a 280% increase). As I require only a small number of ‘bin lifts’ during the year (I already have cut down by composting vegetation waste), I am faced with a substantial increase in fees. Surely, this was not intended by the introduction of ‘pay by weight’ system.
    I am totally against ‘pay by service charge’, which applies irrespective of whether you leave out a bin for collection or not!

    • Thanks for the comment Peter. It does seem that many people who already recycle a lot could end up paying more with some bin companies because of these service charges. There is talk of a cap being introduced so that people won’t pay more from July than they paid in teh last 12 months. We will see if that happens or not.

  7. What about those customers who signed up to an annual contract at the beginning of the year. Are the companies entitled tob reak this contract. If so what entitles them to break it. At the beginning of the year the waste companies knew that pay-by-weight was kilely to come in during the year. Surely they should honour their contracts.
    Perhaps those affected might consider taking a class action against any company who decides to break its contracts.

  8. We are with Greyhound and are paying by weight for some time. What really annoys me is it is impossible to get a clear charging system on any of the bin websites. On Grey site under “Charges and Payments” it doesn’t outline any charges. What I would like to know is
    1 What is the standing charge per annum?
    2 If I don’t put out my bin every week is there a standing charge?
    3 The charge per Kg?
    It would be great if we could see this for every provider.

    • Hi, I have to apologise for my wild exaggeration. The figures I was ‘quoted’ for service charge were far in excess of the reality.
      Allied 2.99 Pw .23c per k rubbish .07 per k recycling

      Mulleady: 13 Euro Pcm .22c rubbish 10c recycling

      As I work hard at not making rubbish, composting, buying loose veg etc etc we manage to put out approx 1 bin per 6 to 8 weeks for each. The current tags cost 20 Euro for the two. So I would already be paying more for garbage disposal without measuring the weight. But I suspect not 250% as i stated above. More worryingly, i spoke to a bin man in the local last night and he said that most of their trucks don’t have the tech to weigh the bins, and in some cases not even to read the tags. Making the assumption that they are collected every week !!

      It seems to me that there is very little incentive in our area to reduce waste, which is the point of this surely?

  9. Barna Waste in galway gave me different prices.
    – Monthly service charge of €17 per month.
    – General waste bin at €0.22 per kilo.
    – No charge for Recycling bin.
    – Compost bin at @€0.12 per kilo

    • THe charges in the article are a selection from various areas. Most bin companies will have specific prices for each area they cover.

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