Confused By Pay by Weight

Our detailed FAQ guide will answer any questions you might have. 

Please take some time to review the below commonly asked questions. 

What is Pay By Weight

Leitrim County Council  Waste Bye Laws require every household in the county to register with a permitted waste collection provider. The charging method for Waste collection must be based on the weight of waste collected. You therefore only pay for the amount of waste you generate.

Bye Laws “Leitrim Co. Co. have passed Bye Laws that state 5.1(1) The owners of houses, apartment blocks and management companies on a refuse collection route serviced by a permitted collector shall register annually with one of the collectors servicing their area for the provision of a Pay By Weight refuse bin service(Black, Blue and Brown bin).”

Why Pay By Weight?

How Much Does It Cost?

The more that is recycled and composted, the less the cost to the householder. The Pay by Weight system will allow households determine their waste collection costs. Below is a cost comparison, comparing the traditional Tag system with the new Pay by Weight system in terms of the average annual cost:
Current Tag System Estimated Cost Breakdown

Household Size

No. of Annual Collections

Tag €

4 people

26 collections of Waste & Recycling

€494.00

2 people

12 collections Waste & Recycling

€228.00

1 person

9 collections of Waste & Recycling

€171.00

New Pay By Weight System Estimated Cost Breakdown

Household Size

No. of Annual Collections

Tag €

4 people 26 collections of Waste, Recycling & Compost €265.00
2 people Can avail of 26 collections Waste, Recycling & Compost €175.00
1 person Can avail of 26 collections Waste, Recycling & Compost €149.00

An average family of four generates 30kgs of general waste on a fortnightly basis and the average weights of a recycling and brown bin are 12kgs and 5kgs respectively. On the old tag system, it cost €13.00 to lift the waste bin and €6.00 for recycling, totalling €19.00 per lift for two bins. On the new Pay by Weight system, you only pay for what you throw away. Your new fortnightly cost will be €11.29, based on the kg costs of 22 cent per kg for waste bin collections and 8 cent for recycling and compost.

“A family can save over €15 per month”

The same comparative can be applied to a household with two people. The average fortnightly waste generated by a two person household is 15 kgs of general waste, 6kgs of recyclable waste and 2.5 kgs of compostable waste. Based on the same kg costs of 22 cent per kg for waste and 8 cent for recycling and compost, your cost per lift is now only €7.31 on a fortnightly basis or €14.62 on a monthly basis.

“A couple can save almost €12 every two weeks”

For more information or to sign up to Barna Recycling Pay By Weight Services please contact us today on 0818 287 010.

Why Do I have to Pay a Service Charge?

On the Barna Recycling Pay As You Go package you pay a service charge of €20 per quarter. This service charge ensures that a collection truck passes your home on a fortnightly basis to check if you have bins left out for collection. It also covers any bin repairs  that arise from time to time.

How Do I Sign Up?