SOUTH Dublin County Council is privatising bin collection services for the 75,000 households in its area.
The council had been expecting to lose more than €13m this year providing domestic waste collection, with some 108,374 tonnes of domestic waste collected in 2008.
Unions representing council bin operators were told of the decision at a meeting yesterday.
In a statement, the council said it was "testing the market" to establish which options were most beneficial for the council and householders.
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has already privatised its bin collection service.
Council sources said yesterday that even though private companies would be collecting far more waste in the Dublin region, sufficient amounts would remain to fulfil the contract for the proposed Poolbeg incinerator.