The key to Pay by Weight is waste segregation & recovery. The better you become at recycling the less you will pay for waste collections.


There are many ways you can reduce the amount of waste your household produces, such as:

• Buy long-lasting instead of disposable items.
• Choose products with minimal/recyclable packaging.
• Buy in bulk to reduce packaging waste.
• Fix broken items when possible.


There are many household items that can be reused around the home or given to another person to reuse.

• Books & Magazines – hospitals, doctor’s waiting rooms, schools, car-boot sale, charity shops.
• Toys – hospitals, doctor’s waiting rooms, car-boot sale, charity shops.
• Good used clothing and household items – car-boot sale, charity shops, clothing banks.
• Use old t-shirts and towels as rags for household cleaning.
• Clean grout and other small spaces with old toothbrushes.


Worried about what to do with different types of waste? Here are some ideas for making the best of what you’ve got:

From the house:
• Cans/Tins – Green Bin, or take to a local amenity for recycling.
• Glass – Bottle bank or take to a local amenity for recycling. For a list of Dublin City Bottle Bank locations please click
• Kitchen Food Waste – Brown bin, compost heap.
• Paper – Green Bin, or take to a local amenity for recycling.
• Plastics – Green Bin, or take to a local amenity for recycling.
• Vacuum Cleaner Dust – Brown bin, compost heap.

From the shed:
• Car batteries – local amenity for recycling.
• Motor oil – local amenity for recycling.
• Paint – local amenity for recycling.
• Power tools – local amenity/electrical shop for recycling.

From the garden:
• Animal waste – compost heap.
• Garden waste – Brown bin, compost heap.
• Grass/Hedge Clippings – Brown bin, compost heap.

Top Tip for the garden. Cut your grass when it is completely dry, this will reduce the weight you put in the bin.