There are several companies offering household bin collections in Dublin. It’s not very easy to find out which company has the lowest bin charges – 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.
Bin charges are becoming a bit like mobile phone plans. You can choose a plan with a low weight threshold – but if you exceed the limit you will end up paying a lot more.
The majority of firms operate a charging scheme which involves a Service Charge Including 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 2020
Thorntons have 2 options in Dublin.
- €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 has 2 options in Dublin
- €222 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 30c/kg . No thresholds on green/brown bins.
- Greyhound also has a €270 a year option (€22.50 a month) with an allowance of 65kg on the general waste bin.
City Bin has 3 options 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 at30c/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’s website does not show any prices – but we think they charge €9.17 service charge plus €9.35 for each black bin and 80c plus 4.5c per kg for each recycling lift. So – for a fortnightly lift of both bins that would work out at around €30 a month. (€360 a year). If you are a Panda customer – please confirm these figures are correct.
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 aime to keep track of bin charges nationally. But the information shown on it isn’t great 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 2017 was €304 a year. They found 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
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