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Farmers have chance to clear hazardous waste

Clare farmers are being encouraged to avail of an upcoming opportunity to dispose of their hazardous wastes.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has teamed up with Teagasc, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Local Authorities, WEEE Ireland and the European Recycling Platform (ERP) to operate 10 bring centres for the collection of farm hazardous waste across the country, one of which will be located in Ennis next Monday, from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Waste items ranging from out-of-date pesticides to waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) and from waste engine oil to contaminated waste packaging can be deposited at Ennis Mart.

The farm hazardous waste campaign was successfully piloted in 2013 and ran again in 2014. Over 3,000 farmers brought waste to 16 collection centres and disposed of 260 tonnes of hazardous waste and 100 tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and batteries.

“This scheme provides farmers with an excellent opportunity to dispose of their hazardous wastes in a manner that protects human health and the environment,” explained Karen Foley, environmental awareness officer, Clare County Council.

Farmers are being reminded that each waste type brought to Ennis Mart next week must be clearly identifiable, segregated and packaged to avoid leaks and minimise risks.

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