There are several companies offering household bin collections in Dublin. It’s not easy to find out which company has the lowest bin collection charges in Dublin – because some of them don’t publish prices on their websites.
Some of the bin companies only serve certain areas of Dublin – so you might not actually have many choices in which company you select.
These are some examples of the prices we found when trying to do a comparison of bin charges in Dublin in mid-2019.
Thorntons charge a €210 annual fee in Dublin for a bi-weekly collection of all 3 bins. You are limited to 40kg per month in general waste bin – with a charge of 25c per kg if you exceed that.
Greyhound charge a €251.40 annual service charge. With this plan you are entitled to a monthly allowance of 42kg on your general waste bin, after which you will be charged 30c/kg . No thresholds on green/brown bins.
City Bin charge €226.80 a year – which includes 42kg of general waste per month (excess charged at30c/kg) and 50kg of organic waste (brown bin). (excess charged at 20c/kg)
(Panda’s website does not seem to show any prices)
There isn’t that much difference in pricing between the companies – and as mentioned above, certain companies will only cover certain areas.
Most bin collection companies also offer pay as you go options which might work out cheaper for smaller households or those that recycle more.
New customers or renewing customers cannot be offered a flat rate fee for residual household waste from 30th September 2017.
In 2016 – Dublin South Central TD Joan Collins and the Social Democrat’s Roisin Shortall accused waste companies of operating “a cartel”.
A recent report in 2018 by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) pointed out that competition from recycled and organic waste should bring down the revenues per kg per household. But – they found that the waste companies revenues are rising with the share of organic and recycling waste.
The report suggested that bin companies in Dublin are swapping customers so that they can each concentrate on certain areas to make collections easier for them. But – the resulting reduced collection costs for the companies are not being passed on to householders.
A verage Bin Charges
According to a survey by the AA – the average bin charge nationwide in 2017 was €304 a year – with charges ranging from €206 to €387 a year in various parts of the country.
Figures from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission indicated that the average annual household charge for waste collection nationwide in 2016 was €228 .
More on Bin Charges
You probably won’t be able to save much money by switching bin collection company – probably less than €30 a year But you will be able to save several hundreds of Euro by switching your Energy supplier.