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Waste Collection Charging Arrangements


Minister Denis Naughten announces Household Waste Collection Charging Arrangements


The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, T.D., today (27 June 2017) confirmed that a more flexible framework for waste collection charges has been approved by Government.


The Minister stated "Allowing for a range of charging options, which most consumers are already familiar with, will encourage householders to reduce and separate their waste while choosing the service-price offering that best suits their circumstances and allows them manage their costs. Therefore, I have decided not to impose a compulsory 'one size fits all' per-kilogramme charging system on waste collectors."


The amount of waste sent to landfill has increased in the last two years. In 2016, there was insufficient capacity to dispose of residual waste and emergency powers were invoked by the regulatory authorities to make additional landfill capacity available. It is important to act now to encourage waste reduction to avert a return to an over-dependence on landfill. An incentivised pricing structure for household waste collection is an important measure in this regard.


Under the new arrangement, waste collectors will be given the flexibility to continue to offer, or to introduce, a range of incentivised pricing options to their customers. These options include elements or combinations of standing charges, and per-lift, per-kilogramme, weight-bands, and weight allowance charges.


A "one size fits all" mandatory, nationwide per-kilogramme charging system will not be implemented.


However, 'all-in flat rate' charging for household waste will start to be phased out as customers renew or enter new service contracts.


All waste collectors will be required to start rolling-out food/organic "brown" bins to all localities nationwide with a population greater than 500 people. This will help more households divert waste away from their standard black bins. Further consideration will be given to extending 'brown' bin coverage in phases to smaller localities.


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 stakeholder groups.


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.

Tips and Tricks


What should I do next?

To find out more contact your waste collector.


For more information on controlling your waste costs by preventing waste see table below.



General Bin




Reduce your general bin charges by recycling everything that can be recycled.


Make sure that you do not put food waste into the general bin. Put any food waste into the Brown Bin and Home compost uncooked fruit and vegetables etc.



Maximise Recycling


Kerbside Recycling Bin 


Recycle paper, cardboard, magazines, catalogues, brochures, household plastic packaging (bottles, pots, trays, tubs), food and drinks cans, drinks cartons.

You can also use the free Bring Banks for any food and drinks cans. 


Bring Banks (Glass & Cans)

Recycle all Glass, food and drinks cans for free at your local bring bank.


Recycling Centres

Free area:

Recycle aerosols, foil containers, textiles, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, car batteries, small and large appliances, televisions, mobile phones hand tools gas bottles and scrap metal all for free at your local Recylcing centre.


Charged area:

Charged recycling €4 per car load

Paper, cardboard, cartons, household plastic packaging, used cooling oil, used engine oil.


Brown Bin (All Food Waste)


The following food waste can be put in the brown bin.

Meat, poultry, and fish, including bones,  leftover food  from plates and dishes, fruit and vegetables, tea bags, coffee grinds & paper filters, bread, cakes & biscuits, rice, pasta & cereals,  dairy products, cheese, butter & yogurts, soups & sauces, eggs, egg shells, & cardboard egg boxes, food soiled napkins, paper towels, newspaper (when used for wrapping food waste) out of date food with packaging removed (no glass / plastic.

Visit for more information.


Home Composting

Compost bins are only €13 from Donegal County Council

1/3 of waste can be composted.

Reduce waste in the General bin and the Brown Bin by home composting and save money.


Stop Food Waste

Save on general bin and brown bin charges by cutting down on food waste. On average each household in Ireland throws away €700's worth of food. Click here to find out how to stop food waste today!


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