Waste Collection System
The household waste collection system operating in the County is:
- Blue Bin - Mixed Dry Recyclables, download our Kerbside Recycling Leaflet
- Black Bin - Residual Waste
- The Brown Bin - bio waste i.e. food and garden waste. Download our Brown Bin Leaflet. For more information see www.brownbin.ie
Tax Relief on Bin Charges -see www.revenue.ie
Household Food Waste: - Brown Bin Service
The Household Food Waste & Bio Waste Regulations 2013 were signed into law by the Minister of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, on 21st February 2013.
These regulations impose obligations on collectors of waste to provide a separate collection service for household waste and on householders to segregate household food waste and keep it separate from other non-biodegradable waste.
Why are these regulations being introduced?
Ireland has objectives under the Landfill Directive 99/31/EC to divert biodegradable waste away from landfills; by 2016 we must have reduced our biodegradable waste to landfill to 35% of the biodegradable municipal waste produced in 1995. Failure to meet our targets will result in stiff penalties from the European Union. The introduction of the regulations as well as the 2009 Commercial Food Waste Regulations will help meet these targets.
What areas are being affected?
The Regulations are being phased in over the following timetable:
Date Agglomeration size Town/village
31 Dec 2013 >20,000 Athlone & Mullingar
1 Jul 2015 > 1,500 Moate, Kinnegad,
1 Jul 2016 > 500 All other towns/villages including: Rochfortbridge, Tyrrellspass,Killucan-Rathwire, Kilbeggan,Delvin,Clonmellon,Castlepollard
If you live in an area of population 20,000 or over ie. Athlone & Mullingar, from 31 Dec 2013 you must segregate your food waste and keep it separate from other waste streams.
What does this mean for collectors of waste?
All authorised collectors must from 31 Dec 2013 provide a separate collection service for food waste and transfer the food waste to an authorised facility for treatment.
What must I do with my food waste?
Once you have segregated your food waste you must either:
- Present it in your brown bin for collection by an authorised collector
- Subject the food waste to a home composting process on your premises
- Bring the food waste to an authorised facility.
You must not:
Deposit food in the residual/black bin.
What can I put in my brown bin?
- Food scraps/out of date foods
- Tea bags/coffee grinds
- Meat/fish/poultry and bones
- Paper towels/napkins/filters
- Cut flowers/plant trimmings/leaves/grass clippings/old plants/moss/weeds (which have not been sprayed with weed killer)
For more information see: www.brownbin.ie
- Hazardous Waste Collection
- Waste Collectors Currently Collecting Household Waste
- Waste Bye Laws 2009
- Waste Management Plan 2005-2010
- Waste Acceptance for Landfill Sites
- Brown Bin Leaflet
- Kerbside Recycling Leaflet
- Construction and Demolition Waste Policy
- Batteries Directive
- Waste Batteries and the Retailer