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Wednesday 18 January 2017

Here's how and where to dispose of hazardous waste

Claire Mc Cormack

Published 23/10/2016 | 11:00

The removal of these potentially dangerous substances represents a major step in improving farm safety. Pic:GettyImages
The removal of these potentially dangerous substances represents a major step in improving farm safety. Pic:GettyImages

More than 160 tonnes of hazardous wastes, including pesticides, veterinary medicines and paints, have been collected from farmers across the country over the last three years.

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Since 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also collected 275 tonnes of waste oils and 158 tonnes of electrical equipment and batteries at 26 collection events nationwide.

Over the next six weeks, farmers will again have an opportunity to safely dispose of hazardous wastes from their farms at 10 collection events. Like many businesses, some hazardous waste is generated through the normal running of a farm, from engine oils and filters to the residues of herbicides and out-of-date chemicals.

The removal of these potentially dangerous substances represents a major step in improving farm safety and the production of quality-assured products, while reducing the serious pollution risks associated with accidental spillages.

EPA Deputy Director General, Dara Lynott, said: "The level of support and engagement shown by the farming community for these collection events in recent years has been most welcome. The pilot initiative demonstrates the need and appetite for a national long-term solution to safely manage these wastes," he said.

Locations and dates for this year's collections include:

  • Carnew Mart, Oct 21
  • Skibbereen Mart, Oct 26
  • Corrine Mart, Nov 2
  • Kilcullen Mart, Nov 8
  • Milltown Mart, Kerry Nov 12
  • Drumshambo Mart, Nov 16
  • Roscommon County Council site, Nov 19
  • Delvin Mart, Westmeath, Nov 22
  • Ballybay Mart, Nov 25
  • Drummond's Yard, Navan, Nov 30.

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