Sludge from wastewater treatment plants and septic tanks can only be used in Agriculture in accordance with the Waste Management (Use of Sewage Sludge in Agriculture) Regulations, 1998 and the Waste Management (Use of Sewage Sludge in Agriculture) Regulations, 2001. These regulations require that sludge is only used in accordance with a Nutrient Management Plan. Kilkenny County Council Environment Section is responsible for the assessment of these Nutrient Management Plans.
If you are a farmer who wishes to use sewage sludge for agricultural purposes, you are advised to engage the services of an Agricultural Consultant with specific experience in the area of sludge management.
If you are an Agricultural Consultant who wishes to submit a Nutrient Management Plan for assessment you should be aware of Kilkenny County Council's requirements in this regard. Where you have not submitted any previous plans you are advised to arrange a meeting with the Environment Section.
Sludge from Kilkenny County Council's own treatment plants is used in agriculture on various land banks throughout County Kilkenny. A register of sludge used in agriculture is kept and is available to view as part of the Council's interactive mapping system. Click here to access GIS maps.
The Assessment of Nutrient Management Plans (NMPs) submitted under the Waste Management (Use of Sewage Sludge in Agriculture) Regulations, 1998 to 2001 as from the 6th of January 2011 is subject to a charge.
An order under Section 75 of the Waste Management Acts 1996 to 2010 was signed on 05/01/2011 and from this point forward all Nutrient Management Plans submitted under the Regulations must be accompanied by €300. 50% of that charge will be refunded where a plan is refused or withdrawn.
Any plans submitted prior to 06/01/2011 will be unaffected by this change.
Code of Good Practice for the Use of Biosolids in Agriculture - Guidelines for Farmers (Department of Environment and Local Government Publication) (1.3MB PDF)
Code of Good Practice for the Use of Biosolids in Agriculture - Guidelines for Local Authorities (Department of Environment and Local Government Publication) (1.3MB PDF)
Landspreading of Organic Waste - Guidance on Groundwater Vulnerability Assessment of Land (EPA publication) (774KB PDF)
Groundwater Protection Responses for the Landspreading of Organic Waste (DOE / EPA / GSI publication) (592 KB PDF)
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