Your County Council recently adopted waste Segregation, Storage and Presentation of Household and Commercial Waste Bye-Laws which will ensure a consistent approach to managing waste across Ireland.
Did you know failure to comply with any of the requirements of the waste bye-laws may result in a Fixed Penalty Notice (Maximum €75) being issued by a member of your local County or City Council or by a member of An Garda Siochana and may result in a fine of up to €2,500 on conviction?
These bye-laws apply to all households, apartments and commercial premises and aim to aid the prevention and control of environmental pollution.
What this really means
Now the onus is on every household, apartments and commercial premises to provide proof that they have a contract in place with an authorized waste collector or that they regularly use a recycling centre or civic amenity site. (a docket or receipt is can be provided on request at recycling centres).
By correctly managing your waste you will:
- Help address challenges with climate
- Improve the quantity and quality of recyclables collected
- Reduce waste going to landfill and incineration
- Conserve our planets limited resources
You can start to reduce waste by simply:
- Saying no to single-use disposable items like razors, batteries, wipes, coffee cups
- Make a weekly shopping list for your groceries, and follow it
- Stop or reduce packaging by buying loose produce and buying in bulk
- Switch to rechargeable batteries
- Place a no junk mail sticker on your letterbox
- Some using plastic and especially single-use plastics
Small Quantity – share a bin!
The best and probably most affordable option in this instance is bin sharing with a family member or friend living in close proximity and maybe a less frequent collection. A letter from the bin account holder will be sufficient evidence, this account holder will then be obliged to provide evidence of contact with a permitted waste collection company.
It’s important that you segregate recyclable waste from your residual waste and present these separately. Please note: If you are living in an urban area, small town or village with a population of over 500 you are required to segregate food waste* Please don’t include metal, electronic or electrical waste with your recyclable or general waste. You can drop it to a recycling centre such as Recycle IT or have it collected by Recycle IT.
Benefits of Bye-Laws
In our view, the waste bye-laws can encourage and increase formal recycling through drop off or collection for reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery. They will also encourage people to reduce their waste, separate their waste which leads to an increase in the quality of waste for collection.
Recently Minister Bruton launched three new voluntary labels for use by producers, manufacturers, and retailers in order to avoid confusion or ambiguity when recycling.
The labels clearly identify whether an item is widely recycled, whether it is not recyclable, and whether more information should be sought before deciding how to dispose of.
The most important message is “the proper segregation of waste is crucial”. It minimizes the amount of waste ending up in landfill and helps us use our resources more effectively.
About Recycle IT
Recycle IT, are an award-winning Dublin based social enterprise offering electrical, electronic and metal recycling. Services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT are supported by Pobal, the Dormant Accounts Fund, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.