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Farm Hazardous Waste Collection Campaign 2015

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:

Dates Location
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 at www.epa.ie or 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.