Date released: Oct 05 2015, 10:24 AM
Farmers will once again have an opportunity to dispose of their hazardous farm waste at temporary bring centres at ten locations throughout the country during October and November 2015. The bring centres will be operated by a cross-government team, comprising the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Teagasc, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, and local authorities in Laois, Longford, Clare, Galway, Carlow, Kerry, Tipperary, Louth, Wexford and Cork, working with recycling operators WEEE Ireland and European Recycling Platform (ERP).
Tom Hayes, TD, Minster of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine said,
“These collection centres provide farmers with an excellent opportunity to clean out their stores and remove any pesticides which are deregulated and therefore banned from use. Over 32 tonnes of pesticides were brought by farmers to collection centres during similar campaigns in recent years. By using the centres, farmers are complying with regulations relating to the safe use of pesticides as well as safeguarding their own health and the environment.”
The relevant government departments and agencies, the farming industry and farming organisations are currently collaborating to ensure the establishment of a long term, sustainable and affordable national collection scheme for farm hazardous waste. In the interim period, farm hazardous waste collections will continue to be provided through cross government collaboration.
The farm hazardous waste campaign was successfully piloted in 2013 and ran again in 2014. Over 3,000 farmers brought waste to 16 collection centres and disposed of 260 tonnes of hazardous waste and 100 tonnes of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and batteries.
Jane Brogan, Scientific Officer, EPA said,
“The collection scheme receives overwhelming support from farmers who demonstrate their willingness to contribute financially to the environmental sound management of their hazardous waste when presented with an accessible opportunity. The popularity of the 2013 and 2014 campaigns clearly show the need for a long-term, sustainable and affordable national scheme for the collection of hazardous farm waste. Information gathered during the collections will assist in the establishment of such a scheme”.
Teagasc environmental specialist Tim Hyde said,
“Safe disposal of Farm Hazardous Waste is important for every farmer in producing quality assured products for the end user and in maintaining Ireland’s green and sustainable image. This scheme is an excellent opportunity for farmers to safely dispose of their farm hazardous waste at an extremely competitive rate. I would encourage all farmers to bring their farm hazardous wastes to one of the ten locations points where it will be collected, transported and disposed of in a safe and environmentally sound manner.”
The location and dates for this year’s farm hazardous waste collections are as follows:
|Tuesday 20th October||Mountrath Mart, Co. Laois|
|Wednesday 28th October||Ballymahon Mart, Co. Longford|
|Monday 2nd November||Ennis Mart, Co. Clare|
|Friday 6th November||Tuam Mart, Co. Galway|
|Monday 9th November||Tullow Mart, Co. Carlow|
|Saturday 14th November||Castleisland Mart, Co. Kerry|
|Tuesday 17th November||Cahir Mart, Co. Tipperary|
|Friday 20th November||Deeside Agri Country Store, Ardee, Co. Louth|
|Wednesday 25th November||New Ross Mart, Co.Wexford|
|Friday 27th November||Bandon Mart, Co.Cork|
Collection centres will open from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Information on the waste types accepted, the charges that apply and the handling, segregation, packing and transporting of hazardous waste by farmers to the bring centres has been advertised and can be viewed on the EPA website or is available by calling LoCall: 1890 33 55 99.
The scheme assists farmers in complying with various EU and national legislation, quality assurance schemes and supports the ambitions of the National Hazardous Waste Management Plan and Food Wise 2025.
Notes to Editor:
Collection centres will open from 9:30 am to 3:30pm
Information on the waste types accepted, the charges that apply and the requirement for the safe handling, segregation, packing and transport of farm hazardous waste to the bring centres.
|Waste types accepted||Costs|
|Pesticides and biocides; veterinary medicines and animal health-care wastes; needles and syringes; waste paints; aerosols; corrosives (acids, detergents); oil and air filters; oily wastes; brake fluids; brake pads; antifreeze; adhesives; coolants; grease cartridges; creosote||
All charged at €2/kg (excl. VAT@ 13.5%)
|Contaminated empty plastic containers (which would have contained for example pesticide; biocides; dairy hygiene products; paints; waste oils; antifreeze, creosote etc.). Container sizes will include 1 litre; 5 litre; 10 litre; 15 litre; 20 litre; 25 litre and 205 litre||€4/kg (excl.VAT@ 13.5%)|
|Waste engine oil and waste hydraulic oil and their containers which are used for the transport of these waste oils to the collection centre||Free of charge|
|Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) (e.g., TVs, computers, fridges, freezers, power tools, kettles); all batteries and fluorescent lamps including CLFs||Free of charge|
Guidance for farmers on handling, segregation, packaging and transporting
By noting the guidance and information given below farmers will greatly assist in the efficient and safe operation of the farm hazardous waste collection centres each day.