Firms face fines for faulty equipment
Bin companies face fines of up to €22,000 and/or four years in prison if their weighing equipment is found to be inaccurate.
Inspectors from the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) will mount on-the-spot inspections of 750 bin trucks from next month after the pay-by-weight bin charging system is introduced.
The system comes into effect on July 1 and affects 1.2 million households whose waste bills will be calculated by weight.
NSAI Legal Metrology inspectors have been tasked with ensuring that all 750 bin trucks are weighing refuse accurately, ensuring the quantities charged for are correct.
"Inspectors will conduct regular nationwide inspections of all bin-weighting equipment to ensure compliance with legal requirements and give consumers assured confidence that the weights used to form the basis of their bills are accurate," said Paul Turner, head of NSAI's Legal Metrology.
"All waste-weighing systems must comply with the requirements of the Metrology Act, 1996. If a bin company tampers with their weighting equipment, they will be prosecuted," he added.