Household Waste Management Compliance Through Eircodes Investigation
Sligo County Council officially launched a new national pilot project on Tuesday 20th March 2018, supported and funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and the Connacht Ulster WERLA Office (Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authority).
This is a pilot project aimed at tackling and addressing the source of illegal dumping in the County once and for all. The County Council spent in excess of €40,000 on cleaning specific black spot areas in the County in 2017 with over 70 tonnes of waste removed. Unfortunately within a very short space of time, these areas had returned to significant levels of illegal dumping again. Despite the cost associated with cleaning these areas, a significant amount of time and resources were invested in these cleanups.
To ensure future clean up operations remain successful and to maintain the natural beauty of Sligo, the Waste Enforcement Office of Sligo County Council are planning to step up enforcement efforts to address the source of this problem in order to reduce the need to spend such funds on cleaning up domestic waste, which should ultimately have been managed correctly by householders.
The Sligo County Council Waste Management Bye-Laws 2013 place an obligation on all householders to manage their domestic waste by complying with any of the following options:
- Registration with a permitted Waste Collector operating in your area, for the provision of kerbside waste collection.
- Transport your segregated domestic waste to a Transfer Station/Civic Amenity Site as required. You must maintain all receipts as proof that this is the option you have opted for. Please also ensure that the Operative has been informed of your household Eircode.
- Bin-Sharing. This is an option for two households to come together sharing the same bins and waste account. Financial maintenance of this account will be up to both households. To avail of this option, you must complete a Declaration Form which can be obtained by contacting Sligo County Council on 071 9111111.
Under this new initiative, householders who are not managing their waste appropriately will be served a statutory notice outlining what they are required to do in accordance with legislation. A sufficient length of time will be given in this Notice for householders to comply, but for those who remain non compliant, an on-the-spot fine of €75 will be issued under the Waste Bye-Laws as well as a court summons where required.
In order to facilitate the process of trying to deal with illegal dumping, burning of waste and unauthorised waste management, Sligo County Council is asking Householders to ensure your permitted Waste Collector has been provided with your household Eircode. If Householders are transporting domestic waste to the Civic Amenity Site at Deep Water Quay, please ensure to provide your Eircode to the Operative on duty. Once your Eircode is accounted for, this will exclude your household from the Local Authorities investigations into identifying households who remain non compliant with waste legislation. In line with data protection, the provision of your Eircode will only be used for the purpose of household accountability for waste management.
Householders are also asked to be aware of the ‘man in a van’ service. There are a number of operators offering their service at a reduced price to take away all of your domestic waste rather than paying for kerbside collection or the use of Civic Amenity Sites. Many of these operators are unpermitted and have been known to bring household waste to remote areas to illegally dispose of waste. Unfortunately, if evidence is found in this waste which relates back to the householder, it is ultimately the householder that will pay the price (i.e. €150 under the Litter Pollution Act and possible prosecution under the Waste Management Act), not the person who has taken away the waste. If householders know of anyone operating these services, please inform the Local Authority.
This Pilot Project is the start of an intense investigation into household waste management compliance in the County and will run for the next couple of years until accountability of all households has been achieved.
For further information on how to correctly manage your domestic waste, please visit www.sligococo.ie/environment