Dublin bin collection days change to ease disruption

Waste companies on the streets outside designated days will be fined

About 44,000 customers will see their collection day change. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

About 44,000 customers will see their collection day change. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Mon, Mar 3, 2014, 01:00

New restrictions on Dublin’s private waste collectors, banning them from sending out bin lorries outside specific days, comes into force today.

The new system of “designated days”, sets out when bins can be collected in each area of the city. Waste companies caught on the streets outside of these days will be liable for fines and prosecutions and could lose their licence to operate.

About 44,000 customers will see their collection day change as a result, according to Dublin City Council, which has introduced bylaws to enforce the new system.

The city has been split into six districts, with collections to the south of the city on Monday, to the west on Tuesday and to the north on Wednesday. Northeast areas will be covered on Thursday and Friday, while householders in the city centre will be able to avail of seven-day collections.

The measures are being taken to tackle the disruption caused by competing waste companies.

“The fact that several waste collectors now operate in Dublin means communities were being inconvenienced by numerous bin trucks in their area on a daily basis with resulting difficulties of footpaths blocked, littering and traffic issues. These bylaws will ease these problems considerably”, Hugh Coughlan of the council’s waste management division said.