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Westmeath County Council has adopted Bye-laws for the segregation, storage and presentation of household and commercial waste within the County at its January monthly meeting held on 28th January 2019. The commencement date for these Bye-laws was Friday 1st March 2019.
These Bye-Laws make provision for the imposition of a fixed payment in respect of a contravention of a Bye-Law as an alternative to a prosecution, as provided for in Section 206 of the Local Government Act 2001. To view the Bye Laws see: Waste Presentation Bye Laws 2019
An information leaflet has been prepared in various languages to help you understand the Bye Laws:
Attached is a list of items which can be put in your Brown Bin.
See leaflet below for useful tips on lowering your waste bill.
The household waste collection system operating in the County is:
Tax Relief on Bin Charges -see Revenue
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.
These regulations were introduced as Ireland has objectives under the Landfill Directive 99/31/EC to divert biodegradable waste away from landfills. Failure to meet our targets will result in stiff penalties from the European Union. The introduction of the regulations in addition to the 2009 Commercial Food Waste Regulations will help meet these targets.
The Regulations are being phased in over the following timetable:
|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 any of the above areas you must segregate your food waste and keep it separate from other waste streams.
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.
Once you have segregated your food waste you must either:
You must not deposit food in the residual/black bin.
For more info: Brown Bin
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