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The Government is ending flat rate fees for household waste collection. An all in flat rate fee is when a customer pays a single fee for a service provided over a fixed period of time (e.g. monthly, quarterly or annually). The fee does not change based on the number of times a person puts the bin out or how heavy the bin is.

More than half of Irish households will not be affected as they are already using a system which includes a weight based or per lift charge. When householders reduce and separate their waste they lessen their impact on the environment and can manage their domestic waste costs more effectively. Household customers on a pricing plan which have a variable charge element, such as per lift or weight based charging, generate significantly less waste. The phasing out of flat rate fees will help reduce waste and prevent waste problems for current and future generations.

The phasing-out of flat rate fees will start as customers renew or enter new service contracts from autumn 2017. As contracts expire over the subsequent 12 months, a flat rate service will no longer be offered. If you are currently on a flat rate fee, you will be offered an alternative plan when you go to renew your contract. If you are already on a plan which includes either a pay per lift or a weight based charge, the proposal does not directly affect you.