What is hazardous waste?
Substances or objects that are discarded, intended or required to be discarded and that display some of the following properties: corrosive, explosive, irritant, flammable, toxic, etc.; may be termed Hazardous Waste.
Hazardous waste may not be disposed of in household waste.
Do I have hazardous waste at home?
When you intend to or have to discard a substance or object from your home that is corrosive, explosive, irritant, flammable, toxic, etc., or, for example, a container that contained such substances, then you must dispose of it as a hazardous waste.
Some common items displaying hazardous properties that may be found in the home or in your garage are:
- Adhesives / Glues / Resins / Sealants
- Batteries - lead acid, nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd), etc.
- Bleach / Cleaning agents - metal cleaners, drain cleaners, oven cleaners
- Electrical and Electronic Equipment
- Energy-saving light bulbs / Fluorescent tubes / Thermometers (mercury)
- Freezers / Fridges
- Fungicides / Herbicides / Pesticides - weed & insect killers
- Inks / Printer cartridges, ribbons & toners
- Waste Medicines (expired / unwanted / etc.)
- Engine Oil, gear and lubricating oils / Anti-freeze
- Paints / Paint thinners / Varnishes / Solvents
- Photographic chemicals
Where can I dispose my household hazardous waste?
Many, but not all, household hazardous wastes can be taken to your nearest civic amenity site (at Cashel, Clonmel, Donohill, Nenagh or Roscrea) for a small charge, or, for free if they are electrical or electronic equipment.
Where can I dispose hazardous waste that is not accepted at a civic amenity site?
You will need to contact a specialist waste contractor to remove or collect the waste. Your chosen waste collector must be authorised to collect the hazardous waste and can give you a Waste Transfer Form (WTF) confirming the removal of the hazardous waste. The WTF is a mandatory consignment document used for tracking and controlling the movement of hazardous waste exclusively within Ireland and is used to ensure that the consignment is delivered to an authorised facility.
There is asbestos on my property, what should I do?
If you think you have come across asbestos in your home or office or you suspect a material contains asbestos, don't take any chances. Seek expert advice from Health and Safety Authority (http://www.hsa.ie) or asbestos monitoring/surveying companies, which are listed in the Classified Telephone Directory. A specialist contractor should be engaged to carry out work on asbestos products or to demolish buildings containing asbestos products, particularly those that are worn or damaged. In the case of asbestos products where the fibres are tightly bound (for example, in asbestos cement roofs), and the material is in good condition, specialist asbestos removal contractors may not always be necessary.
I have observed what I think is asbestos material dumped illegally who deals with this?
Contact Environment Section and they will investigate.
Do the Council’s own any facilities take in asbestos?
None of Tipperary County Councils facilities accept asbestos waste.
Where can I safely dispose of hazardous waste?
Specialist hazardous waste contractors and collectors should be engaged to safely manage and dispose of hazardous waste. A list of authorised waste collectors is available on the National Waste Collection Permit Office web site at www.nwcpo.ie
Where can I get a Waste Transfer Form (WTF)?
You need to register with Dublin City Council at https://wrms.dublincity.ie/wrms/frontoffice/ and, following approval; you may create a Waste Transfer Form (WTF). The WTF administration system requires consignors to purchase and fill in forms online. A Carrier or Consignee may download a WTF on behalf of a Waste Producer.
The WTF incurs a charge of €6 per form and may only be completed on the TFS Office’s online system, which discontinues the requirement to use the old paper based system, formerly the C1 Form – Consignment Note.
Dublin City Council, through its National TFS Office, is the national authority for the administration of hazardous waste movements exclusively within Ireland, designated under the European Communities (Shipments of Hazardous Waste Exclusively within Ireland) Regulations 2011.
The Regulations apply to the collection, transport and transfer of hazardous waste exclusively within Ireland and set out the duties and responsibilities of producers, consignors, carriers, collectors, holders and consignees in such matters.
- Carrier: Means a person who undertakes the movement of waste, other than a Consignor, and includes a representative of that person.
- Consignee: Means the person or undertaking or authorised facility to whom or to which the waste is shipped for recovery or disposal.
- Consignor: Means a producer or holder of waste who causes such waste to be moved from the premises at which it is being held, and includes a representative of that person.
- Waste Holder: Means the waste producer or the natural or legal person who is in possession of the waste.
- Waste Producer: Means anyone whose activities produce waste (original waste producer) or anyone who carries out pre-processing, mixing or other operations resulting in a change in the nature or composition of this waste.
Further information is available from Dublin City Council at www.dublincity.ie/WaterWasteEnvironment/Waste/National_TFS_Office/Pages/...
Disclaimer These Frequently Asked Questions do not purport to be a legal interpretation. Tipperary County Council will not accept any responsibility whatsoever for loss or damage occasioned, or claimed to have been occasioned, in part or in full, as a consequence of any person acting, or refraining from acting, as a result of a matter contained in these Frequently Asked Questions