The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has teamed up with Teagasc, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), Local Authorities, WEEE Ireland, European Recycling Platform (ERP) and Enva Ireland Ltd ( a hazardous waste contractor) to operate ten collection centres for the collection of farm hazardous waste across the country during October and November 2015.
Similar Collections were operated during 2013 in 6 local authorities (Galway, Carlow, Sligo, Meath, Cork), Tipperary and 10 in 2014 (Kilkenny, Offaly, Dublin, Cavan, Donegal, Mayo, Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Wexford).
To-date the farm collections have removed over 100 tonnes of farm hazardous wastes (pesticides, veterinary medicines, paints, oil filters, corrosives etc.); 160 tonnes of waste oils and over 100 tonnes of WEEE and waste batteries off Irish farms. Farmers have also willingly contributed financially to these collections and over 3000 farmers have used them to date.
While ideally, hazardous waste collection centres would be located in each local authority each year, ten will be operated this year and ten again 2016. The locations for this year are given below. From past experience, over 80% of the farmers travelled more than 40km one-way to use the centres. It is envisaged that in 2016, a centre will be operated in the counties that have not managed to have collections so far. This provides farmers with an excellent opportunity to dispose of their hazardous wastes in a manner that protects human health, livestock and the environment.