Hazardous waste is waste that is dangerous or potentially harmful to human health or the environment. Waste is classified as being hazardous when it displays one or more of the properties listed in Second Schedule of the Waste Management Act 1996, as amended, e.g. Explosive, Oxidising, Flammable, Carcinogenic, Toxic etc.
The EPA is responsible for making a National Hazardous Waste Management Plan which has regard to the prevention and minimisation of hazardous waste, the recovery of hazardous waste, the collection and movement of hazardous waste and the disposal of hazardous waste. The current plan can be found at:
Anyone commercially transporting hazardous waste is required to be suitably authorised and hold a valid Waste Collection Permit which lists the waste in question. The National Waste Collection Permit Office, NWCPO, is responsible for the administration of the permitting system, a list of authorised collectors and their permits can be viewed online at:
The National Transfontier Shipment, TFS, Office in Dublin City Council is the competent authority for the export, import and transit of waste shipments. The TFS office is also the authority for the administration of hazardous waste movements within the state. All movements must be pre-notified to the TFS office. Further information available at:
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was commonly used in the past as a building material for sound and heat insulation, fire-proofing, and other construction purposes. Under E.U. legislation, the placing on the market of asbestos and asbestos-containing products is prohibited, and you can no longer buy or re-use asbestos products in Ireland. However, many older houses and buildings in Ireland still contain asbestos products that were mainly used as insulation, fire-proofing, roofing and flooring materials.
If asbestos-containing material is present in a building or structure, this does not necessarily mean that it must be removed. It may sometimes be a safer option to maintain the asbestos in place, rather than to remove or disturb the material, and thus increase the risk of releasing asbestos fibres into the air. Asbestos must always be removed before a building is demolished, to prevent the risk of the fibres spreading and contaminating the surrounding area.
Removal & Disposal of Asbestos
Asbestos removal and disposal is a complex and potentially hazardous procedure that should only be undertaken by a specialist contractor with an appropriate Waste Collection Permit. While many waste collectors have permits, they are often not allowed to accept hazardous materials such as asbestos. Always confirm that a waste contractor possesses the correct waste collection permit before engaging them to remove asbestos - you can also check with the National Waste Collection Permit Office http://www.nwcpo.ie/
Please note that asbestos waste material cannot be accepted at Dunmore Recycling Centre.
If you have further queries on asbestos, the Health Safety Authority (HSA) has an information leaflet which can be downloaded here: