Six Monthly Price Comparisons

The cost of collecting household waste showed little substantive change across 6 months of price data. This is according to the latest review conducted by the Price Monitoring Group. The Group was established to monitor the cost of collecting household waste by licensed firms. It currently monitors 26 waste collection markets across Ireland. This comprises 19 individual companies with several of those operating in more than one area.

For this analysis, the Group compared price data from August 2019 to January 2020. 75% of prices remained unchanged during this time.

Comparing apples to apples

In August 2019, there was a total of 49 different price plans on offer across the 26 markets firms operate in. By January 2020, this had decreased to 46. Of the 46 offered in January, 45 were common to those on offer in August. This means that when comparing the actual prices quoted for the collection of residential waste, there is a big set of comparable data.  

Price Points

Across the 46 price plans in January, the following price points are tracked:

  • Service Charge
  • Lift Charge for Waste, Recycling and Compost
  • Per KG Charges for waste, Recycling and Compost
  • Per KG excess charges for Waste, Recycling and Compost

There were 130 price points common between August 2019 and January 2020. Across the 130, seventy-five percent (97) were unchanged. Where prices did change, 16% (21) increased and 9% (12) decreased.

How prices changed

Following is a detailed breakdown of where prices changed:

  1. Company A decreased Service Charge from €25.50 - €24.50
  1. Company A increased the Waste Lift Charge from €7.50 - €10
  1. Company A increased the Organic Life Charge €4 - €5.50
  1. Company A decreased the per KG Charge for Waste from €0.35 - €0.33
  1. Company A increased the Recycling Lift Charge from €0.00 - €5.50
  2. Company B increased Waste Lift Charge from €9 - €10
  1. Company B decreased Service Charge from €25.50 - €24.50
  1. Company B increased Excess Waste per KG from €0.12 - €0.24
  2. Company B increased the Recycling per KG lift charge from €0.00 - €0.18
  3. Company C decreased Service Charge from €25.50 - €24.50
  4. Company C decreased the per KG Waste Charge from €0.35 to €0.19
  5. Company C decreased the per KG Organic Charge from €0.20 to €0.19
  6. Company D decreased Service Charge from €25.83 - €19.00
  1. Company E increased Service Charge from €25.83 - €26.67
  1. Company E increased Service Charge from €29.17 - €30.00
  1. Company G increased Service Charge from €25.50 - €27.00
  1. Company I increased the Waste Lift Charge from €12 - €23
  1. Company I increased the Recycling Lift Charge from €3 - €12
  1. Company I increased the Organic Lift Charge from €3 - €12
  1. Company L increased Service Charge from €7.40 - €8.40
  2. Company M increased Service Charge from €10.75 - €12.50
  3. Company M increased Organic Lift Charge from €0.00 - €2.00
  4. Company N increased Service Charge from €24.50 - €26.50
  1. Company N decreased excess Waste per KG from €0.23 - €0.20
  1. Company O increased Waste Lift Charge from €9.30 - €9.30
  2. Company S decreased Service Charge from €29.00 - €26.70
  3. Company T decreased Service Charge from €29.00 - €26.75
  1. Company W increased Service Charge from €17.50 - €17.99
  1. Company W increased Recycling Lift Charge from €1.25 - €1.75
  1. Company W decreased Organic Lift Charge from €5.50 - €5.25
  1. Company X increased Recycling Lift Charge from €1.25 - €1.75
  1. Company X decreased Organic Lift Charge from €5.50 - €5.25
  1. Company W increased Service Charge from €4.40 - €4.95

Data Published Monthly

The Price Monitoring Group meets monthly to collect and analyse price data across all of the monitored firms. All of the data and accompanying report is made available publicly following each meeting.

About the Price Monitoring Group

The group comprises representatives from:

  • Waste Policy & Resource Efficiency Division
  • An economist from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
  • A statistician from the Central Statistics Office
  • Shelfwatch – an independent price monitoring group and
  • Frank Conway, an independent consumer expert.