Waste Minimisation

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.

Take Action Now!

  • Recycle glass and cans at local "bring banks&"
  • Check if local charities can re-use unwanted clothes and household goods
  • Use local authority Recycling Centres at Clonmore, Mullingar and Golden Island, Athlone for a range of items.
  • Compost organic waste at home (about a third of our household rubbish is kitchen and garden waste).
  • Home composting units are now available from Westmeath County Council at a Special Discount Rate of €30 (Contact Environment Section for further details).
  • Reduce Packaging Waste!

  •  Buy loose produce whenever possible
  • Avoid over-packaged products
  • Buy products in reusable or recyclable containers
  • Say "no" to plastic bags and use reusable bags for shopping
  • Everyone responsible for generating waste will have to contribute their share of the cost of waste disposal in accordance with the "polluter pays" principle.
  • Reduce * Reuse * Recycle

    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:

  • Zone C, Mullingar Business Park, Clonmore, Mullingar
  • Golden Island, Athlone.
  • 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:

  • Saturday 6th December
  • To view details of the July Hazardous Waste Collection Day see Document Downloads below.

    Document Downloads

  • Athlone Recycling Centre
  • Mullingar Recycling Centre
  • Bottle Bank List
  • Composting at Home
  • Composting Chart
  • Poster hazardous Waste Collection
  • Cleaner Greener Production Programme Project
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    A Native of Athlone, Frankie was educated at Cornamaddy National School, Marist College, Athlone and U.C.G.Employed by Eircom since 1980. A member of AthloneTown Council since 1995...

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