PLEASE NOTE AS OF SATURDAY THE 4TH OF AUGUST MACROOM, RAFFEEN AND BANDON CIVIC AMENITY SITES WILL NO LONGER BE IN A POSITION TO TAKE DIY WASTE. ALL OTHER WASTE TYPES ARE UNAFFECTED. EXAMPLE: BRICKS, BLOCKS, RUBBLE, CEMENT, EARTH, BATHROOM WARE, TILES, ETC. CORK COUNTY COUNCIL APOLOGISES FOR INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.
Civic Amenity Sites List: See list of Civic Amenity Sites
Civic Amenity Site Brochure: Additional information can be found here Cork County Council Waste Recycling Centres Brochure
Civic Amenity Site Enquiries: Civic Amenity Sites Enquiry
Civic Amenity Site locations and opening hours:
Occasional Closures: Occasionally some civic amenity sites may need to close for operational reasons - Please click here to check latest updates in our Council latest news.
The Waste Permitting Section of Cork County Council is part of the Environment Department and is responsible for the administration and issuing of Waste Facility Permits and Certificates of Registration in Cork County Council's functional area.
The responsibility for the issuing of Waste Collection Permits transferred to the National Waste Collection Permit Office (NWCPO), Offaly County Council on the 1st February 2012. Further information can be found below,
Under the Waste Management Act, 1996 as amended and the Waste Management (Facility Permit and Registration) Regulations, S.I. No. 821 of 2007 as amended , Cork County Council has a responsibility to issue waste permits or certificates of registration to applicants who wish to engage in waste disposal or waste recovery activities at designated sites in County Cork.
In order to accept wastes such as commercial and household recyclables, construction and demolition waste, subsoil, tyres, electrical items, batteries and household wastes etc. at a facility in County Cork, an application must be made for a waste facility permit or certificate of registration to Cork County Council. All other facilities in County Cork which are not regulated by Cork County Council are licensed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
It is an offence to deposit waste in a facility that does not have a Waste Permit/Certificate of Registration or a Waste Licence.
Please ensure that the waste facility owner / manager/ operator holds a current waste facility permit, certificate of registration or waste licence prior to using a facility to deposit or recover or recycle waste.
Local Authority Waste Facility Register
The Local Authority Waste Facilities Register is a central register hosted by the National Waste Collection Permit Office (NWCPO) of all waste facility permits and certificates of registration granted, reviewed, revoked and expired.
All applications for a Waste Facility Permit/Certificate of Registration must be made on the official application form, and sent to Cork County Council, Environment Section, Inniscarra, Co. Cork.
To access application forms including guidance notes pertaining to Waste Facility Permits and Certificates of Registrations (ie for a Waste Facility Permit/ Certificate of Registration application form, a surrender application form or a transfer application form) please visit the following link
- Surrender Application Form
- Technical Amendment Form
- Guidance notes pertaining to Waste Facility Permits
- Transfer Application Form
To make a request under Article 11 of the Waste Management (Facility Permit and Registration) Regulations, S.I. No. 821 of 2007 as amended to the Environmental Protection Agency for determination as to whether an activity requires a waste licence, waste facility permit, certificate of registration or none of these please visit the following link.
Further details on waste facility permits or certificates of registration can be obtained by contacting the Environment Directorate at email firstname.lastname@example.org
It is recommended that pre-application consultations or discussions with Cork County Council are undertaken before a formal submission of an application is made to the Council.
A Pre-Application meeting can be arranged by contacting the Environment Directorate at email email@example.com
Certificate of Registration - Sewage Sludge
These Regulations provide for the registration and regulation of sewage sludge facilities in order to meet the requirements of the Waste Framework Directive. Facilities already regulated under other environmental legislation such as licensed facilities under the Waste Management Acts are excluded.
To access application form pertaining to Sewage Sludge Facilities please visit the following link;
If you need to contact Cork County Council, Environment Section, concerning your application or any queries you may have in relation to the Regulations or the application form please contact the following:
Environment Directorate, Cork County Council, Inniscarra, Co. Cork.
Fax: 021 ? 4532727
Waste Collection Permits
Under the Waste Management (Collection Permit) Regulations, 2007 as amended, those intending to carry out waste collection activities in Cork County Council's Functional area must apply for a waste collection permit. This requirement applies to individuals, companies and partnerships.
From 1st February, 2012, all new waste collection permit applications and applications for the review of waste collection permits are being processed by the National Waste Collection Permit Office (NWCPO), Offaly County Council, Aras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly Tel: to (057) 935 7428.
You can find more information here.
Current information relating to Waste Collection Permit Holders operating in this Region is available here.
Notices of Waste Collection Permit Applications
The 2016 waste collection permit regulations made provision for the NWCPO to publish notices of waste collection permit applications on its website as an alternative to a newspaper notice.
These notices are available here.
Nearly 100 million tonnes of food are wasted annually in the EU (estimate for 2012). If nothing is done, food waste could rise to over 120 million tonnes by 2020. Wasting food is not only an ethical and economic issue but it also depletes the environment of limited natural resources.
Food waste is potentially the largest un-tapped recyclable component of the municipal waste stream and there are mature and available recovery techniques in place to deal with it, such as composting and anaerobic digestion.
Legislation has been in place since 2013 to deal with household food waste and bio-waste which built on the commercial food waste regulations introduced in 2009 (S.I. No. 508 of 2009). The ultimate purpose of both regulations is to support the fulfilment of Ireland’s obligations under the EU Landfill Directive (Directive 99/31/EC). That Directive requires increasing volumes of biodegradable municipal waste to be diverted away from landfill sites. The regulations, amended in 2015 (S.I. No. 430 of 2015), are designed to promote the segregation and recovery of food waste in line with national policy.
The household food waste regulations impose obligations on householders, waste collectors and waste treatment facilities. Householders are obliged to segregate their food waste, and make it available for separate collection. Alternatively householders may compost the food waste at home; or bring it themselves to authorised treatment facilities (such as civic amenity sites or anaerobic digestion sites).
The roll-out of the brown bin is being phased in on a progressive basis, and began on 1st July 2013. The timetable for when the regulations take effect is as follows:
- 1st July 2013 for population centres > 25,000 persons;
- 31st December 2013 for population centres > 20,000 persons;
- 1st July 2014 for population centres > 10,000 persons;
- 1st July 2015 for population centres > 1,500 persons, and
- 1st July 2016 for population centres > 500 persons.
By July 2016, brown bins will be rolled out to most towns and villages. Only very small population areas, or small islands, will be exempt, because it is not technically, environmentally or economically practical to separately collect such waste in these areas.
Further information is available from the following sources:
The Waste Management (Packaging) Regulations 2014 promote the recovery of specified packaging waste. The Regulations impose obligations on all producers, including manufacturers, importers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers, who in the course of business supply packaging to the Irish market.
The Regulations came into effect on the 21st June 2014 and replaced all the preceding packaging Regulations.
How do the Regulations affect my Business?
The Regulations impose obligations on all producers who in the course of their business supply packaging to the Irish market. All producers of packaging are obliged to separate it at source into specific waste streams (aluminium, fibreboard, glass, paper, plastic sheeting, steel and wood) and to arrange for its recovery, or return the used packaging to the supplier, if applicable.
The Regulations place obligations on “producers” and “major producers” of packaging.
What is meant by the term “Producer” of Packaging?
A producer is a person who in the course of business supplies packaging material to the Irish market.
A producer is required to segregate waste on-site for recycling / recovery purposes.
What is meant by the term “Major Producer” of Packaging Waste?
Your company is a “major producer” of packaging if you had a turnover of more than €1m in the preceding calendar year, based on audited accounts, and you place more than 10 tonnes of packaging on the Irish market per annum.
Additional obligations are placed on major producers. A major producer must register with Cork County Council or with the compliance scheme Repak.
I do not know the volume of Waste Packaging which my Business supplies. What must I do?
You will need to have an audit carried out to accurately measure the weight of packaging supplied. The audit must be carried out by a “competent” person. A competent person may be one of the following:
A qualified auditor i.e. a professional accountant who is qualified to carry out an independent examination of a company’s records and / or financial accounts.
A Director of the company (if a registered company)
The Manager of the company (if not a registered company
An independent person engaged by the company to ensure compliance with their statutory obligations under the regulations ( i.e. an external environmental consultant).
If you engage the services of an independent auditor as at (1) above to prepare the packaging report, you do not require the prior approval of Cork County Council. In the remaining three cases, the approval of Cork County Council is required in advance of the preparation of the packaging report.
Remember: this issue is only relevant if your turnover was more than €1m in the preceding calendar year.
I am a Major Producer. What are my options?
You can become a “Self-Complier” by registering with Cork County Council, if your premises is within its administrative area.
You can join the compliance scheme Repak
The requirements placed on Self-Compliers are listed below.
- Register each year with Cork County Council in respect of each premises (which is located in Cork County Council’s administrative area).
- Pay an annual fee of €15 per tonne of packaging waste supplied. There is a minimum fee of €500 and a maximum fee of €15,000.
- Provide adequate facilities for the public, free of charge, for the acceptance, segregation and storage of packaging waste at your premises.
- Display a notice at each entrance advertising take-back facilities.
- Advertise take-back facilities in local papers twice yearly.
- Submit quarterly reports on packaging received, supplied and recovered.
- Prepare a Three Year Implementation Plan specifying the steps to be taken to comply with the regulations.
Guide to the Three Year Implementation Plan
- Make the above plans / reports available to the public on request.
- Arrange for the collection of packaging on request to anyone whom the major producers supplies.
- Importers, pack-fillers are obliged to accept / collect specified weights of packaging each quarter.
Repak is an approved body under the Regulations. If you choose to become a Repak member, you will be required to pay an annual fee. In return, you will be discharged from the obligations placed on self-compliers, including the requirement to take back packaging waste. Contact details for Repak are shown below:
Address: Repak Ltd., Redcow Interchange Estate, 1 Ballymount Road, Dublin 22.
Telephone: 01/ 4670190: Fax: 01/4670197
I am not a Major Producer. What must I do?
You must provide evidence to Cork County Council to support your claim. Examples include:
- A copy of your audited accounts for the preceding year or a statement from an Accountant confirming your turnover for the previous year.
- A report from a Packaging Audit carried out by a competent person showing that you supplied 10 tonnes or less to the market.
There are four categories of “competent” persons as explained in the previous Question “I do not know the volume of Waste Packaging which my Business supplies. What must I do?”
(Remember: You do not need to undertake a Packaging Audit if you can demonstrate that your turnover in the preceding calendar year was €1m or less).
My registered company owns multiple premises. Is each one taken separately?
The premises are taken together in determining turnover and weights of packaging. Totals are cumulative. Where turnover is greater than €1m and packaging produced is more than 10 tonnes, the company is a major producer and as such must either register with all the relevant local authorities OR join Repak.
What happens if I do not comply with the Regulations?
Failure to comply is an offence and can result in a fine and / or prosecution. A person found guilty of an offence shall be liable to:
- On summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €3,000 and / or imprisonment of up 12 months.
- On conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding €15,000,000 and / or imprisonment for up to 10 years.
(Section 10, Waste Management Act 1996, as amended)
What is the role of Cork County Council?
Cork County Council is responsible for enforcing the legislation within its functional area and must ensure that every business is in full compliance. It has general powers to inspect all business premises and to request any relevant documentation or a Packaging Report.
Plastic Bag Levy
What is the Environmental (Plastic Bag) Levy?
The Environmental Plastic Bag Levy is a levy that was first introduced on 4th March 2002 by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government as a means of reducing the consumption of plastic shopping bags and to encourage the use of reusable bags. The amount of the levy was initially 15 cent per bag. The levy was increased to 22 cent per bag on 1st July 2007.
What is the law in relation to the Environmental Levy - Plastic Bag Regulations?
View the legislation in relation to the Plastic Bag Levy at the following links:
What is the purpose of the Environmental Levy - Plastic Bag Regulations?
Plastic bags are a visible and persistent component of litter pollution in urban, rural and coastal settings and they undermine Ireland's clean, green image.
The levy on plastic shopping bags has a strong anti-litter emphasis. An environmental levy on the use of plastic bags offers an appropriate solution towards reducing the consumption of plastic shopping bags and thereby reducing the consequential environmental problem of litter.
What is deemed to be a plastic bag under the Environmental Levy - Plastic Bag Regulations?
Under the Regulations a plastic bag means a bag make wholly or in part of plastic, including biodegradable plastic, which is suitable for use by a customer in a sales outlet, (supermarket, service station, fast food outlet, off licence etc.), other than a bag which is exempted under the regulations, see below.
Paper bags with a laminate plastic coating and/or handles made wholly or in part of plastic are deemed to be plastic bags - therefore the levy also applies to them under the regulations.
Who has obligations under the Environmental Levy - Plastic Bag Regulations?
Retailers supplying plastic shopping bags to customers are required to charge the levy at the point of sale. Customers are required to pay the 22-cent levy on all relevant plastic bags. Consumers are encouraged to reuse plastic bags or use other reusable shopping bags.
Further information can be found from Revenue: Irish Tax & Customs.
What are retailers required to do in relation to the Environmental Levy - Plastic Bag Regulations?
In accordance with the "polluter pays" principle, retailers collect the levy from customers, who are of course free to reduce or eliminate their use of plastic bags. Retailers are required to separately itemise plastic bags that have a levy applied on till receipts. The levy proceeds are paid into an Environment Fund to be used to finance a range of waste management, litter and other appropriate initiatives aimed at protecting the environment.
Who does the retailer pay the levy to?
The levy is to be paid to the Collector-General. Levies collected by retailers are to be remitted to Revenue on a quarterly basis. Revenue generated from the Plastic Bag Environmental Levy goes into the Environmental Fund.
Enquiries in relation to the environmental levy on plastic bags should be made to:
Services and Transactions Taxes Unit,
LoCall: 1890 20 30 70
What happens if the levy is not paid?
In fairness to those persons who meet their obligations, Revenue will ensure that early and effective action is taken against those who have a liability to the levy and fail to pay. The methods of recovery for the levy will be the same as for taxes, viz. sheriff enforcement, civil proceedings for recovery through the courts and attachment of third parties. Other enforcement methods will be used if necessary.
How much is the levy?
22 cent per leviable plastic bag, including "Bags for Life" selling below 70c.
Is the levy charged on all types of plastic bags?
No. Certain types of plastic bags are excluded from the levy, as set out in the Regulations:
Broadly the exclusions cover re-usable shopping bags that are sold for 70 cent or more. Bags used solely to contain fresh meat, fish, ice or poultry (whether packaged or otherwise) and bags used solely to contain loose fruit and vegetables and other foods that are not otherwise packaged and bags that do not exceed 225mm in width (exclusive of any gussets), by 345mm in depth (inclusive of any gussets), by 450mm in length, (inclusive of any handles) are not leviable.
How will a customer know that the levy has been imposed on plastic bags supplied to him/her?
The retailer is obliged to pass on the levy to the customer and the levy will have to be itemised on any invoice, till receipt or docket issued to the customer. Retailers must pass on the full amount of the levy as a charge to customers at the checkout.
What are the alternatives to Disposable Plastic Bags?
Alternatives to disposable plastic shopping bags, such as reusable bags are now available in shops. The consumer has changed to using these alternatives. Plastic shopping bags designed for re-use are exempt from the levy provided the retailer charges at least 70 cent for the bag.
If I am not charged the 22 cent levy for a leviable plastic bag what should I do?
Retailers are required to comply with the law and charge for plastic bags where appropriate. If you wish to complain about a retailer who is not charging for plastic bags, you should contact your local authority.
Cork County Council,
Tel: 021 4532700
Who can I contact in Cork County Council regarding the Plastic Bag Levy?
Environmental Enforcement Officer,
Cork County Council.
Tel: 021 4532700
Who can I contact in Revenue regarding the Plastic Bag Levy?
Services and Transactions Taxes Unit,
LoCall: 1890 20 30 70
The Southern Waste Region comprises the 10 local authority areas of Carlow, Clare, Cork County, Cork City, Limerick City & County, Kerry, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford City & County and Wexford. The Region covers 42% of the land mass of the country, with a population of over 1.5 million people. The settlement patterns in the region are evenly split between urban and rural areas, with the four cities of Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny and Waterford having the highest population and strongest centres of economic activity.
Limerick City & County Council and Tipperary County Council are the lead authorities for the Region and manage the Southern Region Waste Management Office (SRWMO). The SRWMO coordinates the implementation of the Southern Region Waste Management Plan 2015 – 2021 and is a knowledge resource for all stakeholders with the capacity to promote higher order waste actions in the areas of prevention, reuse, resource efficiency and recycling.
The Role of the Southern Region Waste Management Office is:
To facilitate and service the regional waste steering committee in the implementation of the objectives set out in the Southern Region Waste Management Plan 2015 - 2021. To develop a prioritised programme of objectives, targets and key performance indicators to ensure that the aims of the Plan are delivered;
To assist, facilitate and coordinate, in partnership with the member local authorities, the implementation of the objectives, policies, actions and targets of the Plan;
To prepare annual reports as required for the region, reporting on performance under each of the policy headings contained within the Plan;
To maintain and establish task groups on specific issues when required;
To prepare applications for grant assistance for regional projects;
To identify, coordinate and facilitate the training needs of the region to ensure effective implementation of the Plan;
To proactively promote prevention, minimisation, re-use and recycling of waste in accordance with the waste hierarchy and in association with industries, businesses, other statutory and non-statutory Agencies; and
To foster community awareness of waste management issues in association with the Environmental Awareness Officers in each of the member local authorities.
Where is the Southern Region Waste Management Office (SRWMO)?
The SRWMO is located in Lissanalta House, Dooradoyle Road, Limerick.
Tel : 061 496 596
Under waste legislation Construction and Demolition Waste is defined as ‘all waste that arises from construction, renovation and demolition activities’.
It includes soil and stone,surplus and damaged products and materials arising at construction works or used temporarily during on-site activities together with dredge spoil.
- If you are responsible for carrying out a construction and demolition project, you must ensure that you have a waste management plan for all waste generated as a result of this activity AND ensure that it is segregated so that it can be reused, recycled or disposed of in an appropriate way.
- Where construction or demolition wastes cannot be reused or recycled, that waste must be transported to authorised waste facilities using the services of authorised waste collectors.
In summary you will need to:
- Estimate the amount of waste to be generated.
- Wastes generated on site must be segregated into individual types , where possible.
- All waste moved off site, including soil and stone must be :
- Collected by authorised waste collectors (as authorised by the National Waste Collection Permit Office, www.nwcpo.ie).
- Taken to authorised waste facilities. A list of authorised sites is available at http://facilityregister.nwcpo.ie/
If you have hazardous waste for removal contact an authorised waste collector listed at the National Waste Collection Permit Office.
New legislation was introduced by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government in July 2011 making Dublin City Council's National TFS Office, the sole authority for the administration of hazardous waste movements within Ireland.
Cork 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, hereby makes the following bye-laws:
These bye-laws shall enter into force on the 1st of June 2019. Find out more about managing your waste at mywaste.ie.