Permitting and Solutions
Under section 39 of the Waste Management Act, 1996 waste activities must have a waste licence from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A number of activities are exempted and instead require a waste permit from the Local Authority. Activities that need a permit include recycling and recovery facilities, car dismantling facilities and disposal facilities where the annual intake is less than 5,000 tonnes (excluding hazardous waste and landfills). These are generally smaller scale activities with low environmental risk. The EPA have developed a decision making aid to help you find out if you need a waste permit click here to download this useful document.
The waste permitting system in Ireland is open and transparent. The application and all associated information are available for inspection at the Environment Office of your Local Authority. Any person can make a written submission in relation to any application received. All Local Authorities must allow 21 days to elapse between receipt of an application or for information requested and the grant or refusal of a permit.
A Local Authority cannot grant a permit unless satisfied that:
- The activity will not cause environmental pollution.
- Emissions will not contravene relevant standards or emission limit values.
- Best technology not entailing excessive cost will be used.
Waste permit application forms and information sheets are available from your Local Authority.
Waste Collector Permits
The purpose of the Waste Collector Permit system is to provide controls on the commercial collection of waste to ensure good waste management and a high standard of environmental protection. Under the Waste Management (Collection Permit) Regulations, 2001 almost all waste collectors must apply for a waste collection permit. (A small number of waste collection activities are exempt from the permitting requirement, mainly because they are controlled under other legislation).
Kilkenny County Council the nominated authority for the South Eastern Region and is dealing with administration of the regulations on behalf of the six Local Authorities in the South East (South Tipperary County Council, Waterford City Council, Waterford County Council, Carlow County Council, Wexford County Council and Kilkenny County Council).
Applicants must put a notice in a newspaper, circulating in the collection area, stating their intention to make an application. Any member of the public may make a written submission to Kilkenny County Council within 6 weeks of the application being made. Information is available in relation to waste collector permits from the offices of the Environment Section, County Hall, Kilkenny.
The six Local Authorities are aware that there are illegal collectors offering their services to the public by means of newspaper advertisements and flyers. The waste collected is often dumped in environmentally sensitive and important habitats and in illegal dumpsites.
It is an offence for members of the public to give waste to collectors who do not have a Waste Collectors Permit. All valid waste collectors possess a Waste Collector Permit Number. This number can be checked at www.kilkennycoco.ie or by contacting Kilkenny County Council on 056 7794000.
If you are using the services of a Private Waste Collector always check that they hold a valid Waste Collectors Permit.
Click here to view Waste Collection Permits Annual Returns
Click here to view Waste Facility Permits
Click here to view the Waste Collection Permit Application Form
It sounds simple, but one of the best ways of dealing with waste is to avoid generating it in the first place. This has the most environmental advantages. We are producing more waste now than ever before; Research from the Environmental Protection Agency shows that between 2001 and 2004 the amount of municipal waste (household and commercial) increased by 12%. Reducing the amount of waste we throw away will help prevent a waste management crisis. By producing less waste, you are also using the natural resources more wisely. To reduce the amount of rubbish we throw away, we need to be aware of it when we go shopping – think before you buy!
* Ask yourself if you could buy a similar product with less packaging.
• Avoid buying heavily packaged goods.
• Try to buy loose fruit and vegetables instead of pre-packed.
• Buy concentrated products that use less packaging.
• Buy products such as washing powder in large containers to reduce packaging.
• Take your reusable shopping bags with you to the shops every trip.
• Look for long lasting (and energy efficient) appliances when buying new electrical items.
• Try to get off mailing lists for junk mail, faxes and emails.
The next best option is to reuse a product more than once. This can either be for the same purpose or for a different purpose. To this end, it is preferable to buy refillable or rechargeable items. And it's free! If you are simply reusing an item you have already bought, it saves you from buying another.
* Ask yourself, can I repair or reuse this item instead of disposing of it?
• Give unwanted clothes, furniture, bric-a-brac or books to family, friends and charity shops or have a car boot sale. Don't forget to buy from charity or second-hand shops too and pick up lots of authentic bargains.
• Refurbish your sofa to create a fresh new look instead of buying a new one.
• Mend clothes and get shoes re-heeled so they last longer.
• Buy products with refillable solutions eg. washing powder, detergents, salt and pepper mills.
• Reuse scrap paper for writing notes.
• Use washable dishcloths instead of disposable wipes.
• Take your packed lunch in a sandwich box instead of wrapping it in kitchen foil or cling film.
• Avoid buying disposable products eg. razors, plastic plates or cutlery.
• Reuse empty jam jars and old ice cream tubs for storage or keeping leftovers.
• Take your reusable shopping bags on all shopping trips.
• Use rechargeable items instead of disposable ones eg. batteries and cameras.
• Reuse envelopes by sticking a label over the old address.
• Pass on old magazines to others —perhaps give them to your local doctor or dentist's surgery.
• Use refillable and rechargeable products when possible eg. a refillable ink pen rather than a disposable biro, rechargeable batteries and cameras.
• Use and refill your own durable drinks bottle
This involves processing recyclable materials into a new product, either of the same type or something different. For example, aluminium cans can be recycled into new aluminium cans or recycled into aluminium pipes. By recycling, you use fewer natural resources. By recovering materials from old products we are removing or reducing the need to extract yet more raw materials from the earth. This is important because the vast majority of resources that we use in manufacturing products and providing services cannot be replaced. Recycling often uses less energy and causes less pollution than using raw materials.