Pay by weight Bin Charges were first supposed to become compulsory in Ireland back in July 2016 . However those changes were suspended for a year after concerns about bin companies raising prices.
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 would 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 after 30th September 2017.
So – this means waste collection companies are free to use several options or combinations of charging methods such as :
- standing charges
- pay per-lift
- pay per-kilogramme,
- pay by weight-bands
- 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 since 2016 – 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 Recycling 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.