You can cut down on what you have to pay on bin charges by taking a few simple steps.
First of all, when you are shopping, bring your own bags and try to buy products with the least amount of packaging. Plan what you need and only buy as much as you are going to use.
Then, separate your waste at home. The more you recycle, the less you pay. Depending on your waste contractor, you may have to bring glass bottles, some plastics and electrical goods to your local bring centre (you can find these on the www.dublinwaste.ie website)
There are also lots of options for composting to feed your own plants, and flowers, and even growing your own vegetables. It is best only to put raw vegetables into most composters, but you can buy a relatively inexpensive wormery which will take all food waste.
When you have done this you can get together with neighbours and arrange only to have one bin between two or more houses. That way, you only have to pay one bin charge between everyone that participates!