How to choose a bin collection service in Ireland
Managing your household waste correctly could save you time and money. Here’s how to find the right collection service, reduce your waste and pay less.
Latest Update Waste collection price hikes 2023
Panda Waste and Greyhound Recycling increased their bin collection fees in July 2023.
Greyhound Recycling hiked its monthly charges by €3 to €24.47 on 1 July 2023. Panda Waste also bumped up its quarterly collection fees from €75 to €83, an annual increase of €32.
Your household waste disposal options
You must dispose of waste from your household or commercial property.
Local authorities have passed by-laws in Ireland to make sure people are disposing of their waste legally. You have a number of options to ensure you have satisfactory waste arrangements.
In most areas waste collections are carried out by private operators weekly or fortnightly, depending on the type of waste.
Here’s your options:
- Sign up to an authorised door to door waste collector
- Share a bin with someone else and hold proof of the agreement from the account holder
- Show that you regularly use an authorised waste recycling facility like a civic amenity centre
Your local authority can advise you on waste disposal and recycling facilities in your area.
Most types of organic items including most food, spoiled or in date, can go in the brown bin.
Glass, cardboard and oil are some of the items that can’t go in the brown bin.
As well as:
You can put aluminium, steel, cardboard and plastics in your green bin. They can be used, but must be cleaned and dried.
Since 2021, you can put soft plastics in your green bin.
You shouldn’t put these items in your green bin:
You black bin, or general waste bin can take other items that can’t go in the green or brown bins.
You can’t put the following items in your general waste bin:
How much does it cost?
Prices can vary, depending on the plan you choose. If you exceed your plan’s weight limit you could end up paying more.
- The price can also depend on the provider you’re with, where you live, and if you’re a new or existing customer.
- As a rough example, a Dublin customer can expect to pay anywhere between €125 to €300 per year, depending on the provider or plan they choose.
Waste collectors can include any of these charges:
Find a deal that suits your household by only paying for the waste you produce.
How are prices decided?
Each waste collection operator sets the prices so shop around to find the best deal for you, and watch for rising prices.
Always use an approved waste collection service.
Support for waste collection
If you need help covering the cost of waste collection your local council may offer a subsidy scheme so it’s worth checking.
If you’re medically incontinent, you should be able to get an annual financial contribution to help towards the cost of disposing of your incontinence products.
If you produce a very small or large amount of waste
If you produce a very large amount of waste, collectors offer private skip hire so you can compare prices and find the right size skip for your needs.
If you only produce a very small amount of waste, the best option is to find someone you can share a bin with, but make sure you can prove you have this agreement in place.
How to reduce your waste
Recycling and composting are two easy ways to reduce waste and save money.
Make compost from your leftover food scraps and garden waste and once it’s broken down, add it to your soil. You can either start a pile in your garden or buy a container for your compost.
Being savvy with recycling will keep your costs down and help the environment. If you don’t opt for a recycling collection service, you can take it to:
Some recycling centres charge a small entry fee, and for disposing of large amounts of waste or large individual items.
Check the waste disposal facilities in your area through your local authority and visit repak.ie to see what waste each facility accepts.
What to do if you’re unhappy with the service
You should try and resolve any issues with your waste collection provider first.
If you believe your bin has not been weighed correctly, you can:
- Contact your local authority to report your concerns.
- Report the registration number of the collection truck on the The National Standards Authority of Ireland’s (NSAI) website.
- If you have a dispute about the terms of service, you can contact the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CPPC).
Waste collection FAQs
Can I burn my household waste?
No, burning household or garden waste at your home or in your garden is illegal. Being caught doing this could land you a €3,000 fine or 12 months in prison.
Can I take household waste to a landfill site?
Yes. Contact your local authority for details of your nearest landfill site and what you’ll be charged e.g. entrance fee.
I live in a rural area, will my food waste be collected?
Food bins only have to be provided for areas with at least 500 houses so if you live in a lower populated area than this, there won’t be a food waste collection available.
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