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Press Release from the Department of the Environment on Pay By Weight Government plan for Pay By Weight introduces Price Freeze and phased introduction of Pay-by-Weight

Published on Tuesday, 21 Jun 2016

Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government today (21 June, 2016) announced the successful conclusion of an agreement with the Waste Industry with regard to the introduction of Pay-by-Weight charging for waste collection.

“The Government this morning agreed a plan to resolve the on-going issues around bin charging and the introduction of pay by weight.  The plan is a comprehensive one which will protect households from increased charges and ensure that the introduction of pay by weight can happen in a way that builds acceptance and understanding of the benefits of Pay-by-Weight over time,” said Minister Coveney

Since the waste industry began releasing its planned pricing plans in relation to the nationwide roll-out of pay-by-weight charging at the start of June, the Government has flagged its significant concerns regarding the reported escalation of waste bills for some customers from July, particularly in relation to proposed increases in service charges.

“We have engaged actively and intensely with representatives of the waste industry over the last few days, with a view to agreeing a way forward that results in customers paying no more than they’re currently paying for waste collection over the next 12 months – by means of a price freeze to end-June 2017 – to avoid any potential significant price hikes from next month, while households have time to adapt to the new system and more effectively manage their waste,” added the Minister

Under the Government plan customers will over time be able to see, through a dual billing process, details in their bills about the amount of waste they are disposing of, their costs under the continuation of their current price plan and details of the comparative pay-by-weight charge.

“During this transition period, my Department, in partnership with the waste industry, will drive an intensive public awareness, information and promotion campaign to support customers in understanding the new system, how they can change their waste management behaviour and  better manage their waste costs under the pay-by-weight system.

“It’s vital that, if households become more efficient in segregating waste and reducing their waste bills, they will have the opportunity to choose to transition during this period to pay-by-weight charging or, if they prefer, they can opt to remain on their current price plan.”

At the end of this 12-month transition period (in July 2017), the Government will review the operation of pay-by-weight, including the effectiveness of the transition process, and make decisions regarding its further roll-out, regulation and oversight of the sector.

Crucially, the plan also provides assurances for users of incontinence products supplied by the HSE  that they will not face additional charges under pay by weight and that operators will absorb this cost.

Appropriate amendments to the waste legislation will be made to provide for comparative billing information for customers and opt-in arrangements.

The operation of the price freeze by the industry will be closely monitored by Government and, in the event of evidence of it not being honoured, the Minister will ensure that primary legislation is brought forward to legislate to enforce the freeze.

“I want to thank the Industry for working with me on this difficult matter. This is the best outcome for households and they can now manage their own waste in a sustainable manner and in the process reduce their costs. It is a priority for this Government to help  working families and keeping waste costs down while encouraging recycling is an excellent  example of this,” ended Minister Coveney.



The Household Food Waste and Bio-Waste Regulations 2013 came into effect on 1st July 2013. These regulations impose obligations on collectors of waste to provide a separate collection service for household waste and on householders to segregate household food waste and keep it separate from other non-biodegradable waste.

Tips on food waste prevention can be viewed on www.foodwaste.ieView Waste and Recycling Information Videos below.


Visit our Recycling section for information on Recycling Centres, Bring Banks, Recycling Tips, Re-Home Unwanted Items, Bulky Household Items, Composting and DIY Gardening, Green Waste, WEEE and Batteries.


Brown Bins

View a video about how to recycle food waste using a brown bin

View the list of items that go into a brown bin.


Separating Waste

View a list of items to go in the separate bins below:

Green Bin | Brown Bin | Black Bin


Green Bin

Green Bin - Recyclables

The majority of household waste can be recycled quite easily, provided it is clean.

Remember to wash and squash before popping recyclable items into your recycle bin.  This helps you get more into your recycle bin giving you value for money.  It also assists the Waste Collectors in that they can collect and recycle more items.

  • Food Tins
  • Drink Cans
  • Lids from bottles
  • Biscuit boxes and tins
  • Clean food trays/containers
  • Clean Butter/Margarine tubs
  • Milk cartons
  • Juice cartons
  • Soup cartons
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Phone books
  • Catalogues
  • Tissue Boxes
  • Labels & Tags from new clothes
  • Envelopes
  • Printing paper
  • Shampoo and Shower Gel Bottles
  • Window Cleaner Bottles
  • Detergent and Fabric Softener Bottles
  • Yoghurt Drink Bottles
  • Clean Plastic Wrap (i.e. found around toilet paper and kitchen towels)
  • Plastic Bags
  • Clean Disposable Plates, Cups and Cutlery
  • Egg Boxes
  • Newspapers and Junk Mail
  • Clean Pizza Boxes
Brown Bin

Brown Bin - Organics

All food and garden waste can be collected in this new waste collection stream for organic waste.  To reduce odour problems, biodegradable bags are available or you can simply wrap organic items in old news papers before placing them in the brown bin. 

  • Garden Waste i.e. grass cuttings, hedge clippings, etc
  • Food scraps (including cooked/uncooked meat, fish and poultry)
  • Shellfish and Bones
  • Eggs and Egg Shells
  • Egg Boxes
  • Dairy Products (Cheese, Yoghurt, etc)
  • Soups and Sauces
  • Table and Plate Scrapings
  • Fruit peelings
  • Vegetable peelings
  • Breads
  • Cakes and Pastries
  • Cereals
  • Pasta, Rice, Dough
  • Teabags
  • Coffee Grinds and Paper Filters
  • Biscuits
  • Food Soiled Napkins and Paper Towels
  • Wet Cardboard and Paper
  • Food Soiled Pizza Boxes
  • Hair (Human and Pet hair)
  • Saw Dust
  • Dog Foul
Black Bin

Black Bin - General Waste

The only waste to be placed in the black bin is what cannot be placed in the other waste bins - think twice before you throw waste into the black bin to avoid landfill waste!

  • Tin Foil
  • Nappies
  • Ashes (must be cooled and tied in a bag)
  • Dirty Food Containers
  • Food waste (If you do not have a third bin for this waste type)
  • Dirty Plastic
  • Sanitary Items
  • Blades
  • Toothpaste Tubes
  • Non-CFL Light Bulbs
  • Crisp Packets
  • Wax-Paper Wrappings


Waste and Recycling Information Videos