More than 16 Tonnes of the HHW was collected in Tipperary during its Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Figures released today revealing the large amount of Hazardous Household Waste disposed of in Ireland has reinforced the key aims set out by the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR), taking place from November 18th to November 25th 2018.
More than 16 Tonnes of the HHW was collected in Tipperary during its Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day A total of 170 tonnes of waste considered harmful was collected at various designated points throughout Ireland in just 11 days, as part of an ongoing initiative to raise awareness of how to properly dispose of Hazardous Household Waste. A total of 16.2 tonnes of that waste was collected in Clonmel, Co Tipperary during the free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on June 16, 2018.
The free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days were organised for 11 collection points in 10 counties by Ireland’s three regional waste management offices (Eastern/Midlands, Southern, Connacht/Ulster) and their respective local authorities. The collection scheme was part of the national collection programme established in 2015 and funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE).
Leftover or unused paint was by far the largest waste offender according to the figures, with more than 130 tonnes of this waste product disposed of during the free collection days in Mayo, Kerry, Waterford, Laois, Westmeath, Cavan, Kildare, Tipperary, Offaly and Sligo.
As well as 130 tonnes of paint, the household hazardous waste collected during the 11 days included more than 12 tonnes of oil containers, over 8 tonnes of waste oil, almost 5 tonnes of adhesives and 2.25 tonnes of detergent.
Householders removed more than 2 tonnes of leftover and unused medicines from their homes and disposed of them at the hazardous waste Collection points.
More than 2 tonnes of pesticides, close to 2 tonnes of oil filters and more than 1.7 tonnes of aerosols also made up the 170 tonnes of hazardous waste safely disposed.
The remainder of the waste included cooking oil, mixed fuels, herbicides, batteries, antifreeze, and solid oily waste.
Philippa King Co-ordinator, Southern Region Waste Management Office said, “The theme of EWWR 2018 is Hazardous Waste Reduction, and is a timely reminder of the need to reduce our waste where and when possible. The Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days showed an understanding and willingness by householders to dispose of waste properly, and they are to be commended for their actions. However, the large quantities of waste disposed of during these free events suggests that Irish households continue to over purchase certain products. This is particularly true for paint. * We must therefore go beyond thinking solely of safe disposal and seriously work towards reducing our waste.”
“The EWWR aims to raise awareness about waste reduction, product reuse and material recycling strategies, as well as working together to “Clean up Europe” by encouraging groups, organisations – private, civic and public – and individuals to get involved in similar projects to raise awareness and reduce waste. An important objective for the three regional waste offices, is to continue to raise awareness among householders and help them identify which substances are hazardous as well as how to dispose of them and most importantly, reduce their use in the home,” she added.
Pauline McDonogh Waste Prevention Officer with the Southern Region Waste Management Office said, “Collecting, processing and safely disposing of household waste is a complicated process, and therefore can be expensive. The cost of processing 170 tonnes of hazardous waste for example amounts to almost €200,000.”
The environmental expert explained that once collected, hazardous waste is sent to specialist processing centres in Belgium, Germany, UK and Ireland through a specialised transport system that is regulated and traced by the National Transfrontier Shipping Office (TFS Office).
“Household Hazardous Waste cannot be disposed of in our general household waste bins. Carelessly disposed household hazardous waste can have a negative impact on the physical health of waste disposal workers and on our wastewater systems if poured down sinks, toilets or drains. Many Civic Amenity Sites accept household hazardous waste all year round and during 2018, some local authorities ran and funded their own free collections in addition to the ones carried out under the DCCAE funded programme. A nominal fee is usually charged at Civic Amenity Sites for the disposal of household hazardous waste to help cover costs. Households can contact their local authority to find out about the available hazardous waste collection services in their areas,” she added.
As well as encouraging the correct disposal of hazardous household material, the free Household Hazardous Waste Collection events also provided ideas on how to reduce the amount of hazardous products purchased and used for every day purposes such as cleaning, gardening and DIY.
“We would encourage people to choose alternative non-hazardous products, whenever possible. We have some great tips and ideas for gardening, cleaning and DIY chores using household non-hazardous products on,” said Ms McDonogh.
  • – While a sizeable proportion of the paint collected at the free collection days was water-based emulsion paint, which is not hazardous, it does poses a challenge in terms of waste collection. Currently, it is treated and paid for as hazardous waste once it arrives as part of the collection on the day.
– Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days: The aim of the scheme is to support measures to safely collect hazardous waste generated as a consequence of consumption patterns in homes and see it consigned to safe and appropriate treatment. It was part of the national collection programme established in 2015 and funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE).
– The European Week for Waste Reduction is an initiative aiming to promote the implementation of awareness-raising actions about sustainable resource and waste management during a single week. More information is available at
– The free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days took place for one day only in 10 counties between April 2018 and August 2018.
Local Authority Area Venue Date
Mayo Rathroeen 14 April
Kerry Tralee 28 April
Waterford Dungarvan 5 May
Laois Rathdowney 12 May
Westmeath Mullingar 19 May
Cavan Cavan town 26 May
Kildare Kilcullen 13 June
Tipperary Clonmel 16 June
Offaly Tullamore 7 July
Sligo Sligo town 14 July
Sligo Tubbercurry 18 August
– See below the hazardous household wastes collected during the 11 free one day collection events ranked by weight:
Hazardous waste stream Total weight collected (kgs)
Paint 130398
Oil containers 12424
Waste Oil 8053
Adhesives 4825
Detergent 2250
Medicines 2171
Pesticides 2043
Oil Filters 1940
Aerosols 1723
Cooking Oil 1175
MixedFuel 1094
Herbicides 930
Lead Batteries 526
AntiFreeze 245
HH Batteries 140
Solid Oily Waste 60


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