Broad price stability has been observed in waste collection during 6 months of monitoring from January to June 2018. The Majority of like-for-like plans remain unchanged.
Key findings from January to June price analysis
The cost of collecting household waste has remained broadly stable across 6 months of price data comparison to the end of June 2018. This is according to the latest data analysis compiled by the Price Monitoring Group. The Group was established to monitor the cost of residential household waste collection during the phasing out of flat-rate services. The Group monitors 26 service providers. This comprises 19 individual companies with several of those being monitored in more than one area.
The Group compared price data from January 2018 against price data from June 2018.
In order to ensure similar data was being compared, the group excluded price service plans that were not available in January from waste collection companies or were dropped by June 2018 (this includes flat-rate plans). For example, in January 2018, 8 waste collection companies were offering flat-rate plans to their customers; this dropped to just 1 in June.
Comparing apples to apples
In total, there were 41 different price plans available in January 2018. This increased to 46 in June. However, due to the ebb and flow of various price plans, 31 of the 46 in June are common to January.
Of the 31, changes in monthly service charges took place across eight companies with prices remaining unchanged across the majority.
Of the eight, two decreased and six increased.
Of the six, changes were as follows:
Company D increased the monthly service charge from €12 to €17
Company J increased the monthly service charge from €18.50 to €20.95
Company O increased the monthly service charge from €7.17 to €9.17
Company R increased the monthly service charge from €25 to €26
Company V increased the monthly service charge from €18 to €19.90
Company Z increased the monthly service charge from €26.50 to €27.75
Of the two, changes were as follows:
Company I reduced its monthly service charge from €29.00 to €20.95.
Company M reduced its monthly charge from €5 to €0
Flat rate price models
Between January and June 2018, the number of flat-rate plans dropped from 8 to just 1. The company still offering a flat-rate plan reduced its monthly charge from €29 to €20.95.
A number of firms introduced waste collection (Green Bin) lift charges of €1 per lift between January and June.