August 2019 data – Prices quoted for the collection of residential household waste was broadly stable in August compared to the previous month. This is based on the latest analysis conducted by the Price Monitoring Group which actively monitors 26 service providers from across the country. This comprises 19 individual companies, with some firms operating in more than one area.
Pricing landscape for residential waste collection is complex
Many of the waste collection firms monitored offer multiple waste collection packages to their customers. This means there are far more waste collection packages than firms.
In the month of August, the total number of recorded waste collection packages was 49, an increase of 3 compared to July...this equals the number of packages recorded in June (a full breakdown of all service offers is included in the data part of this report).
During the August mystery calling campaign, there was no change in the total number of price packages compared to the previous month which stands at 8. Examples of price packages include: Service charge plus per kg weight charge; E-tag and other options (the full list of all pricing models is incorporated with this report under the data analysis).
Where prices did change
Some price variations occurred across the 49 price plans with some increases and some decreases recorded.
The August price variations are as follows:
Communication of price data
Generally, there was little issue attaining pricing information from waste collection companies during the July mystery calling campaigns.
Why information is anonymised
The purpose of the Price Monitoring Group is to establish and track whether the prices householders pay for the collection of household waste fluctuates and if so, by how much. It does this by using a mystery-shopping approach to a proportion of licensed waste collection firms. However, since price monitoring is not carried out on a whole-of-market basis, it is not in a position to publish names of those firms that are actively monitored.
Composition of the PMG
The group comprises representatives from:
To date, the Price Monitoring Group has met on twenty-five separate occasions: 13th September, 11th 2017, October, 14thNovember, 12th December, 9th January 2018, 13th February, 13th of March, 10th April, 14th, May, 20th June, 17th July, August 14th, September 11th, October 16th, November 14th, December 11th 2018, January 15th 2019, February 12th, March 14th, April 9th , May 14th June 11th, July 9th, August 20th 2019 and September 10th, 2019.
August analysis is available here