What is hazardous waste?

Hazardous waste is generated by all sectors of Irish society, from large industry, healthcare to small businesses, households and farms.  It is for the most part managed by a professional hazardous waste industry and is treated appropriately and in accordance with legal requirements.  Large quantities of hazardous waste are generated, and there is scope to reduce this generation of waste through waste prevention programmes. Around half of Irish hazardous waste is exported for treatment. For more on hazardous waste statistics click here.

National Hazardous Waste Management Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency has a statutory responsibility to prepare National Hazardous Waste Management Plans. The National Hazardous Waste Management Plan for the period 2014-2020 was the third such national plan and had 27 recommendations with the following objectives: to prevent and reduce the generation of hazardous waste; to maximise the collection of hazardous waste; to strive for increased self-sufficiency in the management of hazardous waste and to minimise hazardous waste export; and to minimise the environmental, health, social and economic impacts of hazardous waste generation and management

Download the National Hazardous Waste Management Plan 2014-2020

Draft National Hazardous Waste Management Plan 2021 – 2027

The Environmental Protection Agency has prepared a revised National Hazardous Waste Management Plan for the period 2021 to 2027.

The draft National Hazardous Waste Management Plan 2021-2027 and associated environmental reports (Strategic Environmental Assessment and a Natura Impact Statement to inform an Appropriate Assessment) have recently been open for public consultation to seek views from stakeholders. The consultation closed 5pm on 17th September 2021.


Previous National Hazardous Waste Management Plan Outputs

Download Report on National Difficult Waste Facility - Technical & Economic Aspects of developing a National Difficult Waste Facility. (incorporating hazardous waste landfill)

Download Report on Economic Study of Solvent Treatment aimed at improving self sufficiency in treatment


Learn more

Download Householders' Guide to Hazardous Waste Prevention

Find out more about SEA - Strategic Environment Assessment

Farm Hazardous Waste Management Report 2013-2017