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Waste Management

Waste Collection Permits

Any person who proposes to collect waste for the purposes of reward, with a view to profit or otherwise, in the course of business is required to hold a Waste Collection Permit in accordance with Section 34 of the Waste Management Act 1996

Offaly County Council was designated as the nominated authority for the processing of all new waste collection permits and review applications with effect from 1st February 2012.  This single nominated authority is known as the National Waste Collection Permit Office (NWCPO).  Further details of the process involved may be found on their website.

Waste Disposal and Recovery

Waste disposal and recovery activities in Ireland are required to hold an authorisation in accordance with the Waste Management Acts, 1996 to 2012. 

A four tier system of authorisation has been established for the regulation of such activities at a facility. A waste recovery or disposal activity at a facility is either:

  •        an exempted activity (no authorisation required), or
  •        requires a Waste (or IPPC) licence, or
  •        requires a Waste Facility Permit, or
  •        requires a Waste Certificate of Registration / Registration Certificate


Depending on the authorisation required these activities are controlled either by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or by Local Authorities within their own areas. 

All non-exempted Local Authority waste facility activities are regulated by the EPA.

Relevant legislation

The principal legislative texts governing the form of authorisation required for waste facilities are:

Waste stream specific regulation is articulated in:


Waste disposal or recovery activities at IPPC installations are regulated by an EPA Licence under the EPA (Licensing) Regulations 1994  (S.I. No. 85 of 1994) as amended. Find out more about IPPC Licensing.

An overview of the authorisation systems, type of permits required and contact details can be found here.


The above is for general information purposes only. All further queries regarding this information should be directed to the competent authorities listed.