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  • How can I control the cost of Household Waste Collection service?

    Remember if you know your waste you can control your costs.

    The key to controlling your costs is by segregating your waste correctly. If it's in the right bin you are on the right track.

    Further information is available on the Connacht Ulster Waste Region website

    Tips and Tricks to help you reduce your waste costs can be found on the Connacht Ulster Waste Region Website

    For information on how to reduce food waste, log onto the Stop Food Waste website


  • Implementation of Pay by Weight - Galway City Council designated Bag Collection Areas

  • Will I still be able to present my household waste for collection in bags?

    No, with effect from the 1st July 2016, unless you are living in an area specifically designated by your local authority and meets the required criteria for a bag collection, see below.

    Further to Article 20(2) (g) (iv) the Waste Management (Collection Permit) Regulations 2007, as amended:

    (iv) ensure that from 1 July, 2016 household kerbside waste is only collected in approved receptacles which are designed for reuse, with the exception of the collection of such waste in SPECIFIC AREAS DESIGNATED BY A LOCAL AUTHORITY as being only suitable for the collection of such waste in non-reusable receptacles such as bags,

    A review of all designated households will be undertaken not later than 12 months after date of the designation.


  • What are the criteria for approval for waste collection in bags?

    The criteria for designating a household, single and/or multi unit dwelling, as being only suitable for the collection of household kerbside waste in non-reusable receptacles, such as bags, are as follows:

    • 1. No space within the boundary of the property, front, rear or side to store 3 bins. However, as the waste must be stored somewhere, even when it is presented in bags, options should be explored as to whether smaller wheelie bins or other such reusable receptacles could be used in such circumstances. In this regard, if this criterion is used to designate a household, a review of that decision will be undertaken not later than 12 months after that decision, in order to evaluate whether smaller wheelie bins or other such reusable receptacles could be used.
    • 2. Physical features which make it difficult to move a bin to the front edge of the property or nearest boundary for presentation, e.g. steep gradient and or steps or that would present an unreasonable difficulty.
    • 3. The area (e.g. street) is too narrow for a refuse freighter to access properties and the nearest suitable presentation point is greater than 100m from the property.
    • 4. Where the Local Authority is notified of exceptional circumstances by a householder / resident and the Local Authority certifies same. Again, if this criterion is used to designate a household, where appropriate and keeping in mind the intention to make the collection of bags an exception, a review of that decision will be undertaken not later than 12 months after that decision, in order to evaluate whether the exceptional circumstances have changed to facilitate a move to wheelie bins.
    • 5. Unless it is not practicable to do so bags are to be presented in the vicinity of the entrance to the household from which the waste originated.

    With effect from the 1st October 2016, bags, recycling and residual waste must only be purchased directly from the waste collector. You are advised to contact your waste collector directly.

    For your information see below contact details for the waste collectors offering an authorised bag waste collection service in Galway City.

    Barna Recycling - 091 771619 or


  • Where are the Galway City designated areas?

    The Galway City "Bag Collection Area" is enclosed by the following itinerary:

    Starting at Joyce Roundabout, along Bohermore, Prospect Hill, onto Bothar Brendan Ui hEithir, St. Mary Magdalen Terrace, Forster Street, Frenchville Lane, along Eyre Square to Victoria Place, Dock Road, along Dock Street to Long Walk, Lower Merchants Road, Spanish Parade, over Wolfe Tone Bridge, proceed along Raven Terrace, Upper Dominick Street, including Pump Lane and Burkes Lane, William Street West, Munster Avenue, Sea Road as far as the Jesuit Church, proceed to Henry Street, New Street West, Raleigh Row, Palmyra Avenue, Palmyra Park, St. Joseph's Avenue, St. Johns Terrace, St. Helens Street, New Road, Mill Street, Parkavara, Nun's Island, Lower Dominick Street, from O'Brien's Bridge proceed along the river bank to Steamers Quay, Headford Road, Walsh's Terrace, St. Bridget's Place, St. Bridget's Place Upper, St. Bridget's Terrace and finishing at prospect Hill.

    The following streets are also included:

    Salthill Road Upper, including Beach Avenue, to junction of San Antonia Terrace. Lenaboy Avenue and San Antonia Terrace.

    See also attached map.

    Individual households in the above listed areas will only be considered for a bag waste collection service in exceptional circumstances, see criteria above, where it will not be possible to collect waste in reusable receptacles, such as wheelie bins, and only with prior approval from Galway City Council.


  • Contact details:

    Galway City Council contact details:
    Tel: 091 536428.


  • Wheelie Bin Waste Collection Exemption Form