EPA Waste Data Release, 3 May 2016
Latest Reference Year 2015
The quantity of biodegradable municipal waste sent for composting and anaerobic digestion increased by 23 per cent between 2013 and 2015 (from 158,000 tonnes to 194,000 tonnes). The commercial food waste regulations and the household food waste regulations have had a positive impact on increasing the quantity of municipal waste accepted for composting/anaerobic digestion.
Municipal waste accepted for composting/anaerobic digestion, 2005 - 2015
This release reports information on composting and anaerobic digestion in 2015 at commercial facilities that accept biodegradable waste generated in Ireland. The figures do not include (i) home composting estimates (ii) facilities where only waste generated on-site was treated on-site and (iii) waste imported for treatment.
- The quantity of waste accepted for treatment at composting and anaerobic digestion plants increased from 271 ktonnes in 2013 to 300 ktonnes in 2015 (11% increase).
- Composting was the dominant treatment activity (>80% of tonnage accepted).
- Municipal waste (kitchen and canteen food waste, garden and park green waste, edible oils & fats) was main source of waste accepted (65%).
- Municipal waste mainly comprises the brown bin collections at households and commercial premises. Commercial brown bin waste is primarily food waste, while household brown bins also contain a small quantity of garden waste (approx. 10%). The quantity of brown bin waste accepted rose with 114 ktonnes in 2013 and 143 ktonnes in 2015 (25% increase) reflecting implementation of Food Waste Regulations. In 2015, 39% accepted was from commercial sources and 61% from household sources.
- The quantity of municipal waste accepted for treatment has risen from 158 ktonnes in 2013 to 194 ktonnes in 2015 (23% increase).
- There was a 34% increase in garden and park waste accepted for treatment between 2013 (35 ktonnes) and 2015 (47 ktonnes).
- After municipal waste, sludges from urban waste water treatment plants and wastes from the production of beverages are the other dominant sources of waste accepted.
- While there was an increase in most waste streams accepted for treatment, there was a decrease in wastes from agriculture and food preparation and processing industries.
- There is an increasing trend of brown bin waste collected in Ireland being exported to Northern Ireland for recovery. Four ktonnes of waste was exported in 2013 (Source: National TransFrontier Shipment Office), 31 ktonnes in 2015 (eight-fold increase and 22% of the total quantity of brown bin waste accepted at composting and anaerobic digestion facilities in 2015).
- Products of composting and anaerobic digestion were used in horticulture, landscaping and agricultural land treatment.
Sources of waste treated in 2015
In 2015, five composting facilities produced biostabilised residual waste from organic fines arising from the mechanical treatment of residual waste. Biostabilised residual waste has been treated to achieve an EPA approved biodegradability stability standard prior to use as landfill cover or alternative agreed use.
|Facility Name||Authorisation||Composting activity in 2015||Anaerobic Digestion activity in 2015||Biostabilisation activity in 2015||Location||Maximum annual intake (tonnes per annum) under relevant authorisation (column B)|
|Acorn Recycling Limited||W0249-01||Yes||No||No||Co. Tipperary||45,000|
|Athchursáil Árann Teoranta||COMP-19||Yes||No||No||Co. Galway||60|
|Ballyshannon Recycling Limited||WFP-WX-15-0084-02||No||Yes||No||Co. Wexford||10,000|
|Bio-Energy and Organic Fertiliser Services (BEOFS)||WFP–KK–14–0010-02||No||Yes||No||Co. Kilkenny||10,000|
|Bord Na Móna PLC – Drehid Landfill||W0201-03||Yes||No||Yes||Co. Kildare||25,000|
|Bord na Móna PLC – Kilberry Compost Facility||W0198-01||Yes||No||No||Co. Kildare||96,000|
|Bruscar Bhearna Teoranta t/a Barna Waste||W0106-02||Yes||No||No||Co. Galway||40,000|
|Cleary Compost and Shredding Limited||WFP-KE-10-0064-01||Yes||No||No||Co. Kildare||10,000|
|Clare County Council – Central Waste Management Facility||W0109-02||Yes||No||No||Co. Clare||2,000|
|Cork City Council – Kinsale Road LandfillNote 1||W0012-03||No||No||No||Co. Cork||Note 2|
|CTO Environmental Solutions Limited||WFP-CK-09-0018-03||Yes||No||No||Co. Cork||10,000|
|Cremin’s Farm Compost Limited||WFP-LK-2012-23A-R2||Yes||No||No||Co. Limerick||10,000|
|Enrich Environmental Limited||WFP-MH-08-0004-02||Yes||No||Yes||Co. Meath||10,000|
|Enviro Grind Limited||WFP-DL-11-004-01||Yes||No||No||Co. Donegal||10,000|
|Galway City Council – Carrowbrowne Landfill SiteNote 1||W0013-01||No||No||No||Co. Galway||9,500|
|Kings Tree Services Limited t/a Greenking Composting Limited||W0218-01||Yes||No||No||Co. Wicklow||40,000|
|Limerick City and County Council – Mungret Facility||R02188-02||Yes||No||No||Co. Limerick||5,000|
|Louth County Council – Dundalk Landfill||W0034-02||Yes||No||No||Co. Louth||4,000|
|McDonnell Farms Biogas Limited||WFP-LK-2009-50-R1||No||Yes||No||Co. Limerick||10,000|
|Methanogen Limited (Kilgreany AD Facility)||WFP-WD-09-0001-01||No||Yes||No||Co. Waterford||10,000|
|McGill Environmental Systems (Ireland) Limited – Glenville Facility||W0180-01||No||No||Yes||Co. Cork||20,800|
|Michael Dolan t/a Johnstown Recycling||WFP-WM-2015-001||Yes||No||No||Co. Westmeath||3,000|
|Miltown Composting Systems Limited||W0270-01||No||No||Yes||Co. Tipperary||24,500|
|Molaisin Compost Limited||W0245-01||Yes||No||No||Co. Waterford||20,000|
|M & T Plant Hire Limited||WFP-WX-12-W061-04||Yes||No||No||Co. Wexford||10,000|
|OD Agri Limited t/a OD Recycling Note 3||WFP-TS-10-0002-04||No||No||Yes||Co. Tipperary||10,000|
|Organic Gold (Marketing) LimitedNote 1||W0219-01||No||No||No||Co. Meath||25,000|
|Ormonde Organics||WFP-WD-13-0001-02||Yes||Yes||No||Co. Waterford||25,000|
|Padraig Thornton Waste Disposal Limited t/a Thorntons Recycling||W0195-01||Yes||No||No||Co. Meath||20,800|
|Paul and Bronwyn Mooney Composting||WFP-KE-12-0065-01||Yes||No||No||Co. Kildare||10,000|
|Sligo County Council – Young’s Quarry||R1474||Yes||No||No||Co. Sligo||Note 4|
|Waddock Composting Facility Limited Note 3||WFP-CW-13-001-01||Yes||No||No||Co. Carlow||10,000|
|Waterford City Council – Kilbarry Landfill||W0018-01||Yes||No||No||Co. Waterford||3,000|
|Granville Eco Park Limited||P0413/12A||No||Yes||No||Northern Ireland|
|Natural World Products Limited – Glenside||P0341/10A||Yes||No||No||Northern Ireland|
|Natural World Products Limited – Keady||WML 03/04||Yes||No||No||Northern Ireland|
|Note 2: Facility was surveyed but reported that no activity on site in 2015/ceased activity.|
|Note 2: No annual acceptance limit in authorisation but quantity of green waste/compost at the facility is limited to a maximum of 2,400 m3 at any one time.|
|Note 3: This permitted facility is also authorised to accept up to 50,000 t of waste annually for recovery under Class 10 of the Waste Management (Facility Permit and Registration) Regulations 2007, i.e. a separate class of activity to the biological treatment activity (class 8).|
|Note 4: No annual acceptance limit in authorisation but amount of compost held should not exceed 1,000 m3 at any one time.|
|List of Waste entry chapter sub-heading||Description||Tonnes|
|02 01||Wastes from agriculture, horticulture, aquaculture, forestry, hunting and fishing||1,296|
|02 02||Wastes from the preparation and processing of meat, fish and other foods of animal origin||7,919|
|02 03||Wastes from fruit, vegetables, cereals, edible oils, cocoa, coffee, tea and tobacco preparation and processing; conserve production; yeast and yeast extract production, molasses preparation and fermentation.||421|
|02 05||Wastes from the dairy products industry||8,384|
|02 06||Wastes from the baking and confectionery industry||226|
|02 07||Wastes from the production of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (except, coffee, tea and cocoa)||24,849|
|03 03||Wastes from pulp, paper and cardboard production and processing||1,926|
|04 02||Wastes from the textile industry||148|
|06 10||Wastes from the manufacture, formulation, supply and use (MFSU) of nitrogen chemicals, nitrogen chemical processes and fertiliser manufacture||914|
|07 05||Wastes from MFSU of pharmaceuticals||4,045|
|07 06||Wastes from the MFSU of fats, grease, soaps, detergents, disinfectants and cosmetics||96|
|10 01||Wastes from power stations and other combustion plants||67|
|10 13||Waste from manufacture of cement, lime and plaster and articles and products made from them||33|
|15 01||Packaging (including separately collected municipal packaging wastes)||317|
|16 03||Off-specification batches and unused products||21|
|17 02||Construction and demolition waste wood||429|
|19 05||Wastes from aerobic treatment of waste||1,606|
|19 08||Wastes from waste water treatment plants not otherwise specified||47,927|
|19 09||Wastes from the preparation of water intended for human consumption or water for industrial use||399|
|19 12||Wastes from mechanical treatment of waste (wood waste)||3,131|
|20 01||Municipal wastes (separately collected fractions) except 15 01||147,468|
|20 02||Garden and park wastes (including cemetery waste)||46,586|
|20 03||Other municipal wastes||1,829|