The cost homeowners pay for the collection of household waste remained broadly stable in the month of February compared to a month earlier. This is the finding of the latest market analysis undertaken by the Price Monitoring Group, 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 in total across the country which comprises 19 different individual companies with a number of companies being monitored in more than one area. Similar to previous month’s findings, there continues to be no single or uniform price arrangement across all of the service providers monitored. For example, some service providers offer a variety of different waste collection packages to homeowners. Because of this, when the total number of waste collection providers and the various collection packages are combined, a total of 41 different service offers were identified and verified in February, this is one less than the previous month (a full breakdown of all service offers is included with this report).

Range of pricing models available

While there is no single or uniform price being offered for the collection of household waste, service providers are coalescing around 9 different price models. This is the same number recorded in January.

Examples of the price models include: Service charge plus per kg weight charge; E-tag, Flat Rate and other options.

What is notable from the February analysis is the growth of one particular price model; Service Charge (incl weight allowance) plus per KG Charge for Excess above Allowance. Service providers have been offering this particular price model to householders at an increasing rate. For example, in December, 11 companies offered this price model, in January, 13 companies did and in February, this has grown to 18.

Flat-rate offers decline

The number of service providers now offering flat-rate collection services has fallen to just three. This is the second month in-a-row a decline has been recorded and is down from nine companies that offered flat-rate services in December.

Price comparison of the most popular service

18 service providers now offer the Service Charge (including weight allowance) plus per KG Charge for Excess above Allowance package. When we examined which companies also offered this service in January, there were 13. Of the 13, 12 companies kept their Service Charge the same and one company decreased its Service Charge from €26.65 to €24.17, a fall of 9%.

Where prices increased

There are three cases where price increases were recorded. Those are as follows:

Service provider C: Service Charge plus per KG Weight Charge quoted monthly cost increased from €10 to €15. Company C also began offering the Service Charge (including weight allowance) plus per KG Charge for Excess above Allowance
Service provider I: Flat-Rate, quoted monthly cost increased from €29.00 per month to €35 per month (company I also offers an e-Tag option).
Service provider O: Service Charge plus Charge Per Lift Per Bin plus Per KG Excess Charge – quoted monthly cost rose from €7.17 to €9.17.

Why some information is anonymised

The purpose of the group is to gain a broad understanding of whether or not prices are fluctuating and if they are, by how much. The Price Monitoring Group was not established to provide a price comparison service; this would require the monitoring of the sixty plus household waste collectors in the country across the different areas they provide a service, accordingly, the outcomes are published on an anonymised basis.

Composition of the PMG

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.

To date, the Price Monitoring Group has met on seven separate occasions: 13th September, 11th October, 14th November, 12th December, 9th January 2018, 13th February and the 13th of March.

Source: Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment