In Ireland, we currently send over 90% of waste to landfill. This is no longer sustainable or acceptable and, as caretakers of the environment for future generations, we must achieve a situation where sending waste to landfill is OUR LAST OPTION.
The average household produces almost 1.5 tonnes of waste a year. We can reduce this amount by prevention, minimisation, reuse and recycling. About half of it could usefully be recycled. This would be good for the environment and the economy. Recycling reduces the use of raw materials, lowers energy costs and results in less waste going to landfill.
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Recycling Centres/Civic Amenity Sites
Westmeath County Council have 60 recycling locations throughout the County. Members of the public may dispose of a range of materials at two recycling centres in Co Westmeath:
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is accepted free of charge at both centres. The Civic Amenity Sites are for Domestic Use Only. For full details of what is accepted/not accepted and opening times is available under Document Downloads.
Household Hazardous Waste Collections
In our daily lives we use products that contain hazardous components. Such products include certain paints, cleaning agents, stains, varnishes, glues and pesticides. The leftover contents of such products are known as "household hazardous waste". Such items are labelled with symbols e.g. corrosive, hazardous or toxic. When improperly disposed of, household hazardous waste can create a potential risk to our health and the environment. To help householders dispose of this waste Westmeath County Council holds two Household Hazardous Waste Collections each year. The 2008 collection(s) will take place on:
To view details of the July Hazardous Waste Collection Day see Document Downloads below.