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Residential waste collection costs broadly stable in November

​December 20 2019 

November 2019 data – Residential waste collection firms actively monitored by the Price Monitoring Group revealed an increase in the rate of price adjustments in November compared to October. 

 

The November price data is based on analysis conducted across licensed residential waste collection firms. This comprises 19 individual companies, with some firms operating in more than one area. In total, 26 markets are monitored. 

 

Pricing landscape for residential waste collection is complex

Many of the waste collection firms monitored offer multiple waste collection packages to their customers. This means there are far more waste collection packages than firms.

 

There was no change in the total number of price packages which stands at 8. Examples of price packages include: Service charge plus per kg weight charge; E-tag and other options (a full list of all pricing packages is incorporated with this report under the data analysis).  The total number of waste collection price packages across all of the monitored firms is 50, an increase of two from the previous month. One of the additions is a provider that has traditionally offered a price package in the Service Charge plus Charge per Lift per Bin category but did not offer it during the October calling campaign. The firm returned in November quoting higher prices than what was recorded two months earlier. Across all providers, while there were various price increases recorded, there was a similar number of price decreases also (a full breakdown of all service offers is included in the data part of this report).

 

Where prices did change

The November price variations are as follows:

 

1.       Service Provider A – Decreased the monthly service charge from €25.50 to €24.50 - (Service charge including weight allowance plus per KG charge for excess weight above allowance)

2.       Service Provider B – Decreased the monthly service charge from €25.50 to €24.50 - (Service charge including weight allowance plus per KG charge for excess weight above allowance)

3.       Service Provider C – Decreased the monthly service charge from €25.50 to €24.50 - (Service charge including weight allowance plus per KG charge for excess weight above allowance)

4.       Service Provider D – Decreased the monthly service charge from €25.83 to €19.08 - (Service charge including weight allowance plus per KG charge for excess weight above allowance)

5.       Service Provider T – Decreased the monthly service charge from €29 to €26.75 - (Service charge including weight allowance plus per KG charge for excess weight above allowance)

6.       Service Provider N – Increased the monthly service charge from €25 to €26.50 - (Service charge including weight allowance plus per KG charge for excess weight above allowance)

7.       Service Provider W – Increased the monthly service charge from €17.50 to €17.99 - (Service charge including weight allowance plus per KG charge for excess weight above allowance)

8.       Service Provider P – Skipped a month of reporting in this category but the Price Monitoring Group instead compared prices between Series 25 and Series 27. In this case, the firm increased prices across the board when compared to its last report in Series 25 - Waste increased from €11.20 to €12, organic from €5.20 to €5.50 and recycling from  €3.80 to €4

– (Service Charge plus Charge per lift per Bin).

9.       Service Provider F – Decreased the service charge from €26.00 to €25.80 - (Service Charge plus Weight Band Charge).

10.   Service Provider O – Decreased the waste lift charge to €9.05 – (Service Charge plus Charge per Lift per Bin Plus per KG Excess Charge).

Communication of price data

During the November price monitoring campaign, there were no significant issues attaining price information from firms.

 

Why information is anonymised

The purpose of the Price Monitoring Group is to establish and track whether the prices householders pay for the collection of household waste fluctuates and if so, by how much. It does this by using a mystery-shopping approach to a proportion of licensed waste collection firms. However, since price monitoring is not carried out on a whole-of-market basis, it is not in a position to publish names of those firms that are actively monitored. 

 

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, (MoneyWhizz) – independent consumer expert.

 

To date, the Price Monitoring Group has met on twenty-eight separate occasions: 13th September 2017, 11th October,  14th November, 12th December, 9th January 2018, 13th February, 13th of March, 10th April, 14th, May, 20th June, 17th July, August 14th, September 11th, October 16th, November 14th, December 11th 2018, January 15th 2019, February 12th, March 14th, April 9th , May 14th June 11th, July 9th, August 20th 2019, September 10th, 2019, October 8th 2019, November 12th and December 16th 2019.  

 

The monthly analysis data can be found on the Department's website here:

 

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Submissions to: pricemonitoringgroup@dccae.gov.ie

Please note this email has been put in place to facilitate the submission of relevant price information to the Group. The Group will consider all submission that can help inform it in respect to prices residential users pay for the collection of residential waste. Unfortunately, the Group is not in a position to respond to individual submissions at this time.  ​

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