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 new customers or renewing customers cannot be offered a flat rate fee for residual household waste from 30th September 2017.
So – this means wWaste 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.
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.
Charges for Green Bins
The majority of bin companies didn’t initially charge for green recycling bins – but that started to change in 2018 because of the increased costs of recycling.
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.