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Farm Waste Management

A farm plastics recovery scheme was established to increase the recycling of farm plastics waste (silage bale wrap and sheeting). There are obligations on manufacturers and suppliers in relation to the collection and recovery of farm plastics placed on the market. A producer/supplier of farm plastics has the choice of either complying with the regulations directly or alternatively participating in the approved scheme. The scheme is operated by the Irish Farm Films Producers Group (IFFPG). For further information see Farm Plastics or Local 1890 300 444.

Irish Farm Film Producers Group Ltd (IFFPG)

IFFPG is Ireland's only government licensed recycling compliance scheme, responsible for providing an efficient and cost effective farm plastics recycling service to farmers nationwide. IFFPC collects both at the farmyard and at bring-centres. The Scheme is "not for profit" and funded through a levy that is charged on all silage plastic that members place on the market, as well as a weight based collection fee charged to farmers. For more information see Farm Plastics

IFFPG Bring-Centres in Westmeath 2023

Please find below details of Bring-Centres:

  1. Rochfordbridge, Beggstown Old Quarry 21st August
  2. Moate Agri Supplies, Dublin Road 23rd August
  3. Ballinagore GAA 25th August
  4. Athlone, Gaffney’s Farm, Moydrum 28th August
  5. Whitehall, Ringtown GAA 29th August
  6. Milltown Sean Doolin Park, Rathconrath 31st August
  7. Delvin Mart 2nd September
  8. The Downs, Drummonds Flynn Agri TBC

Opening hours 9-5pm unless stated.


Public Notice on Controlled Burning

The Waste Management (Prohibition of Waste Disposal by Burning) Regulations 2009 makes it an offence to dispose of waste by burning.

In early 2023, the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications announced that the practice of burning agricultural green waste will end on the 30th of November 2023.

To facilitate a final transition, a last short time-period for burning will re-open on the 1st of September 2023 and close on the 30th of November 2023. There will be no further extension.

Please see information leaflets below for sustainable management of agriculture green waste:

For further advice on this matter, our contacts are:

Email: environment@westmeathcoco.ie

Post: Westmeath County Council, Environment Department, Áras an Chontae, Mount Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, N91 FH4N.

Telephone: (044) 933 2166


Fertiliser typeProhibition dates
Chemical Fertiliser 15th September - 15th of January
Organic Fertiliser (includes slurry, soiled water and sewage sludge) 15th October - 15th of January
Farmyard Manure 1st November - 15th of January

Good Agricultural Practice for the Protection of Waters