December market analysis identifies price fluctuations but overall, prices remain stable.

Overall findings from the latest monitoring

The December market analysis of the cost of household waste collection has identified a number of minor price fluctuations, both up and down. Additionally, there was an increase in the number of service providers adding ‘flat rate’ plans.

How the report is prepared and compiled

A total of 26 service providers are currently being actively mystery shopped on a month-by-month basis by Shelfwatch, an independent price monitoring company.

Their analysis reveals there is no single or uniform pricing arrangement available to homeowners across Ireland for the collection of household waste. The latest analysis has identified an increase in the total number of service offerings across all service providers compared to the previous month, increasing from 41 to 45.

The December analysis can be accessed at the following link

Range of pricing models available to homeowners

In the November analysis, the Price Monitoring Group identified 10 core service price models across all 26 companies. In the December analysis, this has reduced by one, with one company migrating away from a charge-per-life-per-bin model.

Examples of the service price models include: Service charge plus per kg weight charge; E-tag, Flat Rate and other options. A more thorough database of the service price models is included with this report.

About the Price Monitoring Group

The Group 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.

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 PMG has met on five separate occasions: 13 September, 11 October, 14 November, 12 December and 9th January 2018.

Source: DCCAE