Do you want to make a practical start to meeting the climate challenge? New household bye-laws are being introduced by your local authority.
These bye-laws govern a range of issues, including obliging consumers to participate in an authorized waste collection service or provide documentary proof on what alternative means they use to dispose of their waste and encouraging greater segregation of waste to reduce volumes of residual waste collected.
This means that from now on, every household must be able to prove that they have a contract in place with an authorized waste collector or that they regularly use a civic amenity site or recycling center. By correctly managing your waste you will:
Local Authorities across Ireland have or will be adopting similar Bye-Laws which will ensure a consistent approach to managing waste across the country.
|Who do these bye-laws apply to?|
These bye-laws apply to all households, apartments and commercial premises.
|Why do we need these bye-laws?|
|How do I comply with the bye-laws?|
In order to manage your waste correctly you must either:
Whichever option you chose, you must be able to provide documentary evidence, such as receipts, statements or other proof of payment or for bin sharing a signed letter of consent from the person who holds the contract.
|I only produce a small amount of waste, how do I comply?|
We would advise that bin sharing is the best option in this instance. A letter from the account holder will be sufficient evidence, this account holder will then be obliged to provide evidence of a contact with a permitted waste collector.
|What else do I have to do?|
You must segregate recyclable waste from your residual waste and present these separately. Note: If you are living in an urban area, small town or village with a population of over 500 you must also segregate your food waste*.
When using a permitted door-to-door waste collector you must ensure that;
|How do I comply if I live in an apartment?|
If you live in an apartment, the bye-laws apply to you as described above. The bye-laws require your management company/apartment owner to ensure adequate containers are provided for all segregated waste fractions within the apartments designated waste storage point. You are obliged to segregate waste within your own apartment.
|What happens if I don’t comply?|
Failure to comply with any of the requirements of the bye-laws may result in a Fixed Payment Notice (Maximum €75) being issued by a member of XXX County/City Council or a member of An Garda Siochana or a fine on conviction of up to €2,500.