There are several companies offering household bin collections in Dublin. It’s not very easy to find out which company has the lowest Dublin Bin Collection Charges – because some of them don’t publish prices on their websites.
The prices shown are for NEW customers – but existing customers may be charged different rates.
Some of the bin companies only serve certain areas of Dublin – so you might not actually have many choices in which company you select.
Bin charges are becoming a bit like mobile phone plans. You can choose a plan with a low usage threshold – but if you exceed the limit you will end up paying a lot more.
The majority of firms operate a charging scheme that involves a Service Charge Including a weight allowance, plus a Per KG excess charge above the allowance.
These are some examples of the prices we found when trying to do a comparison of bin charges in Dublin in July 2021
Thorntons Bin Charges in Dublin.
- Light Usage – €14.75 a month (€177 annual) for a bi-weekly collection of all 3 bins. You are limited to 25kg per month in the general waste bin – with a charge of 25c per kg if you exceed that.
- €17.99 a month (€215.88 a year) for a bi-weekly collection of all 3 bins. You are limited to 40kg per month in the general waste bin – with a charge of 25c per kg if you exceed that.
The €14.75 a month option will still work out as the cheaper option as long as you don’t exceed 37kg a month.
Greyhound Bin Charges in Dublin
- €198 “Standard” annual service charge. (€16.50 a month). With this plan, you are entitled to a monthly allowance of 32kg on your general waste bin, after which you will be charged 50c/kg . No thresholds on green/brown bins.
- €222 “Family Plan ” annual service charge. (€18.50 a month). With this plan, you are entitled to a monthly allowance of 42kg on your general waste bin, after which you will be charged 34c/kg . No thresholds on green/brown bins.
- Greyhound also has a €270 a year option “Family Plus ” (€22.50 a month) with an allowance of 65kg a month on the general waste bin after which you will be charged 44c/kg . No thresholds on green/brown bins.
City Bin Charges in Dublin
- €14.99 a month (€179.99 a year) . This option includes just 25 kg of general waste per month (excess charged at 30c/kg) and 50kg of organic waste (brown bin). (excess charged at 20c/kg).
- €17.99 a month (€215.88 a year) which includes 42 kg of general waste per month (excess charged at 30c/kg) and 50kg of organic waste (brown bin). (excess charged at 20c/kg)
- €23.99 a month (€287.80 a year) which includes 60 kg of general waste per month (excess charged at30c/kg) and 50kg of organic waste (brown bin). (excess charged at 20c/kg)
Panda Waste Bin Charges
(Panda’s website does not show any prices – but we believe they charge as follows –
- €9.17 service charge per month
- plus €9.35 for each black bin (+17c per kg over the 40kg limit)
- 80c plus 4.5c kg for each recycling lift. (Approx €1.20 a lift)
- So – for a fortnightly lift of both bins would work out at around €39 a month. (€468 a year).
Is it Worth Switching?
There is hardly any difference in pricing between the different bin companies. As mentioned above, certain companies will only cover certain areas – so the options for switching are limited.
Most bin collection companies also offer pay as you go options which might work out cheaper for smaller households or those that recycle more.
Bin Price Comparison Website
There is a government price monitoring group that aims to keep track of bin charges nationally. But the information shown on it isn’t very useful because it doesn’t name the companies and it doesn’t give any figures for the weight thresholds.
Bin Cartel ?
In 2016 – Dublin TDs Joan Collins and 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.
Average Bin Charges
According to a survey by the AA – the average bin charge nationwide in 2020 was €289 a year.
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
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