Waste ODS & Prior Annual Notifications

The collection and transport of waste, returned or recovered ozone depleting substances (refrigerant gases and halons) is controlled, to ensure environmental protection and compliance with waste law (the same requirements apply also to the collection and transport of waste, returned or recovered fluorinated greenhouse gases). A position paper on this subject has been published by the EPA and should be consulted by all operators handling such waste gases.

This means that the collection and transport of waste, returned or recovered ozone depleting substances can only be carried on by a person that meets one of the following requirements:-

  • Has made a Prior Annual Notification to the Environmental Protection Agency, and where that Prior Annual Notification has been acknowledged by the Agency or
  • Holds a valid Waste Collection Permit for the area(s) in which collections are taking place and for the waste types that cover ozone depleting substances (relevant EWC codes may include: 140601*, 160504*, among others).

Waste, returned or recovered refrigerant gases, halons and fluorinated greenhouse gases must be brought to an authorised facility i.e. a facility that has either a licence from the Environmental Protection Agency, or a Waste Facility Permit or Certificate of Registration from the relevant local authority.

Prior Annual Notifications

The requirement for making Prior Annual Notifications to the Agency is effective since 1 June 2008.  The relevant legislation is the Waste Management (Collection Permit) Regulation 2007 (S.I. No. 820 of 2007), as amended by the Waste Management (Collection Permit) (Amendment) Regulations, 2008 (S.I. No. 87 of 2008).  A copy of these Regulations can be downloaded below.

Prior Annual Notifications must be made to the Environmental Protection Agency by any person intending to collect and transport waste, returned or recovered refrigerant gases, halons and fluorinated greenhouse gases in appropriate containers.  Prior Annual Notifications apply to substances that are controlled by the following legislation:

  • Regulation (EC) No. 1005/2009 on substances that deplete the ozone layer
  • Regulation (EC) No. 842/2006 on certain fluorinated greenhouse gases

Prior Annual Notifications must be submitted to the Agency using an online form. In order to submit the online Prior Annual Notification, the company must first set up an register general company details with the EPA, which is a once off step. This will allow the company to login each year to submit the Prior Annual Notification, through a Single Sign On (SSO) portal.

The online system for submission of Prior Annual Notification is known as the ODS & F-gas Compliance System Application; it is envisaged that future developments of the system will take account of additional compliance requirements related to the ODS and f-gas regulations.

The company registration details and Prior Annual Notification webforms can be accessed through our Single Sign On (SSO) portal located at: https://alder.edenireland.ie/.

Guidance is also avilable at the links below.

A list of Prior Annual Notifications received and acknowledged by the EPA, in accordance with Article 30(1) of the Waste Management (Collection Permit) Regulations 2007, is available to download below.  Only those prior annual notifications that have nominated authorised facilities are included in the list.

Guidance

Download the Guidance Manual for First Time Users of the ODS & F-gas Compliance System Application

Download the Step-by-step Guidance Manual for the ODS & F-gas Compliance System Application

 

Learn More

Download EPA Position on Waste Refrigerant Gases (November 2009)

Download the Information Leaflet for Collection and Transport of Waste Refrigerants

Find out more about the revised waste legislation

Find out more about Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases

Find out about Waste Facility Permits and Certificates of Registration

Download current list of Prior Annual Notifications received and acknowledged