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Strict new Dublin rubbish laws restrict collection times

Rubbish can’t be put out until after 6pm on the day before it is collected in Dublin – and waste trucks can only operate from 6am to 9pm in residential areas.

A RAFT OF new regulations on waste in the capital city has been released by Dublin City Council.

Under the by-laws, which come into effect today, a person leaving out rubbish (be that an owner, tenant or agent of either) cannot do so until after 6pm on the day before it is due to be collected. (Or after 5pm for commercial rubbish). Rubbish bins – or any uncollected rubbish – must be taken in no later than 10am the day after it was due to be collected.

As for waste collection agents, they must pick up rubbish between 7pm and midnight on the designated collection day in the Central Commercial District. They can now only collect rubbish in residential areas between the hours of 6am and 9pm.

When a waste collector refuses to pick up rubbish in future, they will have to leave a note on the bin or rubbish bag “indicating the reason for such refusal or directing the holder to contact the authorised waste collector, to establish the reason for the refusal”.

The new regulations are targeting increasing waste problems in the city. has recently ran a number of stories highlighting illegal dumping, including this video filmed by a resident and business owner in the inner city who calls the situation “pretty unbearable”:

via Summer St North/Vimeo

Over the weekend, an assistant area manager for DCC told that the council planned to take action against their own tenants who don’t respond to letters asking them how they dispose of their rubbish.

The council yesterday announced that it awarded a €2m bin contract to Greyhound services with the collection company claiming it is “saving Dublin City Council €12m a year”.

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