Code of Practice Guide places responsibility on local authorities to identify and carry out an environmental risk assessment on historic waste disposal sites

Date released: Oct 23 2006

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued a draft Code of Practice, for public consultation, to assist local authorities in the carrying out of an inventory and risk assessment of all non-licensed closed landfills.

The Code of Practice provides guidance on the environmental risk assessment of unregulated landfills.  It sets out a framework, which will allow the risk posed by unregulated landfills to the environment to be assessed. 

The document, will be of interest to:

  • Local Authorities;
  • Consultants who may be involved in the carrying out of environmental risk assessments;
  • General public.

This code of practice, now available for public consultation, sets out how local authorities can:

  • identify sites that were known to have been used for waste disposal/recovery.  These sites can then be placed on a register and be put through a risk screening process in a timely manner;
  • identify sites that were suspected to have been used for waste disposal/recovery.  These sites can then be investigated further and, where such use is confirmed, be placed on the same register.

You can download a copy of the Consultation Draft of the Code of Practice and Comment Form from the EPA website at

[consultation phase has closed].

This can also be obtained from the EPA Publications Office, McCumiskey House, Richview, Dublin 14 on 01-2680100. 

Comments on the draft Code of Practice should be submitted to the EPA by the 24th November 2006.

Note for Editors:

This Code of Practice is the EPA’s response to a request, by Mr. Dick Roche T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, to issue a code of practice in support of his Ministerial Direction (WIR 04/05) of the 3rd May 2005.

This represents a significant part of Ireland’s response to the European Court of Justice judgement against Ireland (case C-494/01).  It will assist Ireland in meeting the obligation to regulate waste activity from 1977 onwards as set out in the Waste Framework Directive (75/442/EEC amended by 91/156/EEC).