WESTMEATH COUNTY COUNCIL (SEGREGATION, STORAGE AND PRESENTATION OF HOUSEHOLD AND COMMERCIAL WASTE) BYE-LAWS 2018
Westmeath County Council, pursuant to Section 35(1) of the Waste Management Act 1996 and Section 199(1) of the Local Government Act 2001 and in accordance with Part 19 of the Local Government Act 2001, proposes to make Bye-Laws for the purpose of regulating the segregation, storage and presentation of household and commercial waste.
It is proposed to make provision in the Bye-Laws for the imposition of a fixed payment of €75 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.
These bye-laws shall apply to the functional area of Westmeath County Council.
These bye-laws repeal the Waste Management (Storage, Presentation, Segregation and Collection of Household Waste) Bye-Laws dated 13th January 2010.
Public Inspection Point
The Draft Bye-Laws will be available for inspection during normal office hours Monday to Friday from Tuesday 30th October 2018 to Tuesday 27th November 2018 (both dates inclusive) at the following locations:
· Mullingar District Office, Áras an Chontae, Mullingar
A copy of the draft Bye-Laws may also be obtained for a fee of €2 from these locations or can be downloaded:Draft Bye Laws 2018
Have Your Say
Any person may submit observations or objections regarding the Draft Bye-Laws in writing to:-
Westmeath County Council,
Áras an Chontae,
The latest date for receipt of objections or submissions regarding this matter is 5.00 p.m. on Friday 7th December 2018.
Approximately 62% of waste in County Westmeath goes to landfill. This is not sustainable or acceptable and we must achieve a situation where sending waste to landfill is OUR LAST OPTION.
Prevention, Reduction, Reuse and Recycling is the preferred options in managing household waste to reduce the amount of waste that is produced in the first place.
Prevention is the best method of reducing waste - if we don't buy it we don't have to dispose of it. In Ireland, the average family spends €400- €1,000 on food that ends up being thrown in the bin. If we know what we waste, plan meals, prepare a shopping list and store and serve the food properly we maximise the nutritional and monetary value from our food. Try taking the "Stop Food Waste" Challenge to reduce your food waste by 1/4 - www.stopfoodwaste.ie.
Here are some tasty recipes to tempt you on your way:
Recipe Booklet - Family Favourites (1,217kB)
The average household produces 1.5 tonnes of waste a year. We can reduce this amount by prevention, minimisation, reuse and recycling
The following are ways to reduce waste:
One third of the food we buy is thrown away. Savings of up to €1000 each year could be made by reducing the food we throw away. For tips on reducing food waste see - www.stopfoodwaste.ie
Click here Your Freezer - Friend or Foe (228kB)
Many items can be used for different purposes and examples of this are listed below.
After reducing and reusing, recycling is the next most preferable option. Approximately 38% of waste is recycled. Recycling reduces the use of raw materials, lowers energy costs and results in less waste going to landfill.
For more information see http://www.recyclemore.ie
Free Trade Ireland allows you to pass on & pick up items free of charge.
Log onto www.freetradeireland.ie
Composting is a natural process where organic materials rot or biodegrade naturally into brown/black crumbly material that can be used in the garden as a soil improver or natural fertiliser. It is an easy way to recycle your garden /kitchen waste.
Download your free guide to composting from: www.stopfoodwaste.ie.