THE capital's bin wars have rumbled on this week as two rival firms battle it out to win a lucrative council contract.
Greyhound Recycling and The City Bin Company are both desperately vying to take over the collection of waste from Dublin City Council's 212 flat complexes.
The deal, which industry sources say is "extremely lucrative", is expected to be finalised in the coming weeks.
Representatives from both firms -- who are in intense competition with each other -- have met with city chiefs in recent days.
The contract itself relates to the collection of waste from 11,543 city council tenants over a 12-month period.
The service was taken over by Greyhound Recycling on an "interim basis" last January after it bought the domestic waste contract for an undisclosed fee.
However, the council will now hand the formal contract to one of the two firms that have entered the final stages of the tendering process.
The Herald has learned that the service was originally offered to the City Bin Company in November after the firm was deemed to have made the best bid.
The company, which has just entered the Dublin City market, was shortlisted along with Greenstar and Greyhound Recycling following the initial tendering process.
However, as negotiations continued, the Herald has now established that the contract is being battled out between Greyhound and City Bin Company.
If Greyhound eventually secures the deal, it will mean the firm has a much stronger grip over the capital's bin market.
Greyhound, City Bin Company and Greenstar all declined to comment.
A spokeswoman for Dublin City Council said negotiations are ongoing.
"A temporary one-month renewable contract is in place with Greyhound at present to collect domestic waste from the City Council's flat complexes.
"The City Council is currently engaged in a tender process to engage in a longer term contract with unspecified service providers and will not be in a position to make any further comment until that process is concluded."