waste services

Household waste is collected from the kerbside by a waste collector.

All customers are entitled to a refuse and a recycling bin from a waste collector. If a customer lives in an area of 500 people or more they are entitled to refuse, recycling and food waste recycling bins. 

Did you know that you can check your bin weights?

Household waste operators are required under their permit to let customers know the weight of waste collected. Information on the weight of each separate bin collection must be made available to customers at least monthly, and can be made available in writing or electronically (e.g. accessible under customers account on their website). Contact your waste operator for further details. advises that you get quotes from a number of collectors operating in your area so that you can compare and contrast and find the service which best suits your needs.

You can check the list of local waste collectors on the NWCPO website.


The Irish Waste Management Association (IWMA) is a trade association for waste management companies in Ireland.  Their Members operate to the highest industry standards and have signed up to the Rules of the Association, that ensure that they provide waste management services to the public and to businesses in a professional and ethical manner.

Members processed approximately 3.5 million tonnes of waste at our 65 non-hazardous and 10 hazardous waste facilities in 2013.  The bulk of this waste was recycled or otherwise recovered.  All member facilities are either licensed by the EPA or operated under a local authority permit.

Incentivised charging

Some key points to note

  • Mandatory per kilogramme pay by weight charging as planned in 2016 is not being introduced;  
  • Flat rate fees will be phased out over a 12 month period beginning in the Autumn, 2017;  
  • An annual support of €75 will be introduced for persons with lifelong/long-term medical incontinence. This support will help people meet the average annual cost of disposal of incontinence products. The details and arrangements of this support will be finalised later this year, after further consultation with the relevant stakeholder groups;  
  • The waste collection market is serviced by private companies and the state has no role in setting prices.
  • Setting prices will remain a decision for each collector.  
  • Examples of incentivised pricing options include:
    • Service fee and pay per kilo charge;
    • Service fee, lift fee and per kilo charge;
    • Service fee and weight band charging; and
    • Service fee including weight allowance plus per kilo surcharge for excess weights;  
  • In support of the new arrangements, the three Regional Waste Management Planning Offices will implement an information and awareness campaign in the third quarter of the year;  The phasing out of flat rate fees will not affect contracts currently in place as the requirement to remove the option of a flat rate fee will only apply to:
    • new customers; or
    • customers as they renew their contracts from the Autumn of 2017; and  
  • However, it is always open to a collector to amend the terms and conditions of a contract within the limits of consumer and contract legislation.

Charging Structure

The Waste Collection Market in Ireland is serviced by a diverse range of private companies. The charges applied by waste management companies are a matter between those companies and their customers, subject to compliance with all applicable environmental and other relevant legislation, including contract and consumer legislation.

Some examples of charging structures are:

  • Per lift charge (incl weight allowance), plus per kg charge for excess weight above allowance
  • Service charge, plus charge per lift per bin
  • Service charge, plus charge per lift per bin, plus per kg excess charge
  • Service charge plus per kg weight charge
  • Service Charge plus weight band charge
  • Service charge, plus charge per lift per bin, plus per kg excess charge
  • Service charge (incl weight allowance), plus per kg charge for excess weight above allowance
  • Charge Per lift Per bin
  • Per lift charge (including weight allowance), plus per kg charge for excess weight above allowance
  • E-tag option

If you are experiencing any issues with your waste collection service, your first point of contact is your service provider's customer service department. Complaints are subject to the terms and conditions of your contact with them.

Only pay for the waste you use

Price Monitoring Group

The Price Monitoring Group (PMG) was established by the Minister for Communications, Climate Change & Environment, Mr. Denis Naughten, T.D., to monitor the on-going cost of residential waste collection to homeowners across Ireland as the ‘flat-rate structure’ is being phased out. The group monitors 26 service providers comprising of 19 individual companies with several of those being monitored in more than one area.

The group comprises of representatives from:

  • The DCCAE Waste Policy & Resource Efficiency Division
  • A DCCAE Economist
  • A statistician from the Central Statistics Office
  • Shelfwatch - Independent price monitoring group
  • Frank Conway - Independent consumer expert

Price Comparisons

Monthly Reports