New Ross Municipal monthly report: Environment

ENVIRONMENT

A.COASTAL MATTERS

1. Coastal:

Blue Flags were awarded for 2014 for Morriscastle, Curracloe, Rosslare, Duncannon and Kilmore
Quay Marina and Green Coast awards were presented to Old Bawn, Cahore, Ballinesker and
Culleton’s Gap Beaches. Work is ongoing on coastal protection works where OPW funding has
been received, following the winter storms.

2. Piers & Harbours:

Work is continuing at a number of locations where funding has been received from the Department of
Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

B. WATER, AIR & NOISE 

1. Septic Tank Inspections:

Wexford County Council has completed the required number of EPA inspections to the end of
December 2014. The compliance rate overall to date is 47% with a failure rate of 53%. The 2015
inspection programme is due to get under way after Easter.

2. Section 4 Discharge Licences:

The Council currently has 126 active Discharge Licences. A review of all Licences is ongoing.

Air quality monitoring is carried out at a number of locations in the county.

Noise complaints are dealt with on an ongoing basis, with significant time being spent currently on
those relating to wind farms.

C.WASTE MANAGEMENT

1. Regional Waste Management Planning:

The Local Authorities of the Southern Waste Region agreed to prepare a New Waste Management
Plan for the Southern Waste Region following the evaluation of the four existing waste management
plans. This procedure for plan development is in accordance with the European Communities
(Waste Directive) Regulations, 2011 and the Waste Management (Planning) Regulations, 1997.
Pre-draft consultation was advertised on the 10
th October 2013 and following a 2-month consultation
phase the written submissions were considered in the preparation of the New Draft Waste
Management Plan (Draft Plan).

 The Draft Plan policy objectives and targets have been developed over the last 9 months with a
strategic vision
to rethink our approach to managing wastes, by viewing our waste streams as
valuable material resources that can contribute to a healthier environment and sustainable
commercial opportunities.

The Draft Plan was published on the 18th November 2014. The further 2-months public consultation
phase ended on 23
rd January 2015. The final Plan is anticipated to be published in April 2015.

2. Landfills:

The road capping contract is complete at the former Killurin Landfill. Holmestown Landfill remains
temporarily closed. Environmental monitoring and maintenance of infrastructure continues at both
sites in accordance with the conditions of our waste licences.

The Household Recycling Centre at Holmestown continues to provide free recycling services to
members of the public, as well as a disposal service for other waste streams such as residual waste,
bulky waste, segregated food waste, garden waste and waste paint.

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3. Recycling Services: 



Wexford County Council has been accepting waste Household Paint at Holmestown Household
Recycling Centre, Barntown, Wexford, from Tuesday 2
nd December 2014. Maximum amount of
paints accepted 60L. No mixing of paints e.g. gloss, emulsions, varnish etc. Charge will be per
volume of liquid and not the size of the container.


Food Waste: –

The Food Waste Regulations 2013 came into force in Wexford Town from 1st January, 2014 and
Enniscorthy Town from 1
st July, 2014. These regulations impose obligations on both Waste
Collectors and householders. Collectors must provide separate bins for collection of food waste and
householders must segregate their waste by either:-

a) Using “brown bins” provided by their waste collection company;

  1. b)  Composting at home, bearing in mind that certain food wastes cannot be composted;

  2. c)  Bringing it to an authorised facility such as Holmestown or Enniscorthy Recycling Centres.

Householders in both towns are currently being visited by Council staff as part of our ongoing
information campaign.

From 1st November, 2014, food waste has been accepted at Enniscorthy Recycling Centre at
Old Dublin Road.

New Ross and Gorey towns will fall under these regulations from 1st July 2015.
4. Waste Facility Permits:

There are over 50 registered operational Waste Facility Permits and Certificates of Registration for
premises involved in waste management activities in the County. Two applications for a waste
facility permit were received during February 2015.

5. Household Waste Collection Reforms:

Plans to reform the household waste collection market are currently being developed. Current
projected deadlines include:

  •   1st July 2015 all waste collectors will have to have weighing mechanisms fitted to all collection

    vehicles to weigh the three separate waste streams (recycling, food waste, residual waste);

  •   1st July 2016 all household waste collections will have to be charged on a pay by weight basis;

  •   PTU compactors will be subjected to the above requirements and deadlines;

  •   1st July 2016 – Civic amenity sites will be required to charge by weight for residual waste;

6. Enforcement:

The Waste Enforcement Team carries out routine and non-routine inspections of Waste Facilities and
problem sites in accordance with the Recommended Minimum Criteria for Environmental Inspections
as required by the EPA along with inspections under the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic
Equipment) Regulations; ELV (End of Life Vehicles) Regulations; Waste Management (Packaging)
Regulations; Household and Commercial Food Waste Regulations; Batteries, Tyres, etc.


D.LITTER MANAGEMENT

FINES



The Council has engaged a new contractor for CCTV surveillance for Bring Sites and illegal dumping blackspots across the county, which is so far proving successful in identifying such incidents. A number of incidents arising from CCTV surveillance are currently before the Courts.

General

1. Environmental Complaints and Investigations:

All complaints are logged on the Complaints Database for further investigation. Complaints concern
litter, waste, air, noise, water pollution, dogs, horses, beaches, piers and harbours and other
environmental issues.

The total figures for complaints received from 1st January to 28th February 2015 are as follows:



Control of Dogs & Control of Horses:



The Council employs one dog warden and an acting dog warden for holidays and relief. The Dog
Warden collected the most dogs of any county in Ireland in 2013. The main pound is Pets First
Kennels, Ballycarney, Co Wexford.

There are now 8 Dog Breeding Establishments registered in total with a number of applications on
hand awaiting inspection. To 28
th February, 2015, 22 horses were impounded (as against 187 in
total for 2014). Most of these horses, regrettably, were put to sleep as they remained unclaimed.

2. Environment Education and Awareness:

Our aim is to promote awareness and active participation in a range of environmental initiatives.

Green Schools: 93 schools are now flying the prestigious Green Flag in County Wexford.
6 schools have applied to an Taisce for their first green flag and approximately schools will renew
their green flag this year. All assessments visits must be completed by 27
th March 2015.

School Workshops: 18 schools will participate in Leave No trace Workshops which have been
funded by the Environment Section. These workshops will take place in April and May. The
workshops for primary schools are aimed at 4
th class and provide a fun and engaging way to learn
about Ireland’s natural environment and the Leave No Trace message. The workshops are linked
to An Taisce Green Flag Programme and the school curriculum. At the end, all students will
receive an award, “Leave No Trace Champion. A further 9 schools will participle in energy
workshops (3 workshops per school) during April which will be delivered and sponsored by
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. A Green Schools Water Forum will take place in
Courtnacuddy National School on Thursday 26
th March for all schools currently working on the
water renewal theme for their Green Flag.

The Clean Coasts Roadshow: The Clean Coast Roadshow is taking place on Saturday 21st
March at the Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy. The Roadshow brings together local Clean
Coasts groups, marine experts, businesses, members of the community and Clean Coasts Ireland
for informative talks on the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life.

Trees for Wexford Campaign: 6,784 trees and hedging were distributed out amongst 170
groups on Wednesday 4
th and Thursday 5th February.

National Tree Week: National Tree Week takes place from March 1st until March 8th. Saplings
sponsored by Coilte will be distributed to interested schools during National Tree Week. A tree
planting ceremony to mark National Tree Week will take place on Friday 6
th March in Gorey;
Councillor Malcolm Byrne and representatives from Gorey Tidy Towns will be in attendance. A
tree workshop will be provided by Cliona Connolly for Clonard Girl Guides in Redmond Park on
Saturday 7
th March in association with Wexford Tidy Towns. All schools have been circulated with
details of a competition to mark National Tree Week and closing date is 13
th March.

National Spring Clean: National Spring Clean is Ireland’s biggest anti-litter campaign. National
Spring Clean encourages people from all walks of life to take pride in their local environment and
to take action against litter. The campaign runs throughout the whole month of April. Groups can
register on line with An Taisce at
www.nationalspringclean.org or phone An Taisce 01 4002219.
Any group can contact the Environment Section for further information.

Tidy Towns: Work with Tidy Towns groups is ongoing throughout the County and a number of
talks are planned for groups over the coming months.

Christmas Decoration Competition: The competition received the most entries this year and all
winning decorations were displayed in county Hall and were greatly admired by members of the
public.

Christmas Tree Shredding: 1984 Christmas trees were shredded at locations throughout the
County.

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2. Environment Education and Awareness:

Our aim is to promote awareness and active participation in a range of environmental initiatives.

Green Schools: 93 schools are now flying the prestigious Green Flag in County Wexford.
6 schools have applied to an Taisce for their first green flag and approximately schools will renew
their green flag this year. All assessments visits must be completed by 27
th March 2015.

School Workshops: 18 schools will participate in Leave No trace Workshops which have been
funded by the Environment Section. These workshops will take place in April and May. The
workshops for primary schools are aimed at 4
th class and provide a fun and engaging way to learn
about Ireland’s natural environment and the Leave No Trace message. The workshops are linked
to An Taisce Green Flag Programme and the school curriculum. At the end, all students will
receive an award, “Leave No Trace Champion. A further 9 schools will participle in energy
workshops (3 workshops per school) during April which will be delivered and sponsored by
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. A Green Schools Water Forum will take place in
Courtnacuddy National School on Thursday 26
th March for all schools currently working on the
water renewal theme for their Green Flag.

The Clean Coasts Roadshow: The Clean Coast Roadshow is taking place on Saturday 21st
March at the Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy. The Roadshow brings together local Clean
Coasts groups, marine experts, businesses, members of the community and Clean Coasts Ireland
for informative talks on the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life.

Trees for Wexford Campaign: 6,784 trees and hedging were distributed out amongst 170
groups on Wednesday 4
th and Thursday 5th February.

National Tree Week: National Tree Week takes place from March 1st until March 8th. Saplings
sponsored by Coilte will be distributed to interested schools during National Tree Week. A tree
planting ceremony to mark National Tree Week will take place on Friday 6
th March in Gorey;
Councillor Malcolm Byrne and representatives from Gorey Tidy Towns will be in attendance. A
tree workshop will be provided by Cliona Connolly for Clonard Girl Guides in Redmond Park on
Saturday 7
th March in association with Wexford Tidy Towns. All schools have been circulated with
details of a competition to mark National Tree Week and closing date is 13
th March.

National Spring Clean: National Spring Clean is Ireland’s biggest anti-litter campaign. National
Spring Clean encourages people from all walks of life to take pride in their local environment and
to take action against litter. The campaign runs throughout the whole month of April. Groups can
register on line with An Taisce at
http://www.nationalspringclean.org or phone An Taisce 01 4002219.
Any group can contact the Environment Section for further information.

Tidy Towns: Work with Tidy Towns groups is ongoing throughout the County and a number of
talks are planned for groups over the coming months.

Christmas Decoration Competition: The competition received the most entries this year and all
winning decorations were displayed in county Hall and were greatly admired by members of the
public.

Christmas Tree Shredding: 1984 Christmas trees were shredded at locations throughout the
County.

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LAPN Prevention Project: 3 projects were funded under the Local Authority Prevention Network.
Projects are:-
Using Less at The Seaside; Promotion of food waste prevention; and Eliminating
household hazardous waste
. Using less at the Seaside was in partnership with Kerry and Clare
County Council and involved waste audits at mobile home parks and holiday homes with a view to
prevention of waste.

Green Dog Walker: Promotion of Green Dog Walker is ongoing. A radio and social media
campaign run jointly by the South East Region took place during the last 2 weeks in November.
The campaign involved radio advertising and a video on Facebook encouraging all to take the
pledge and use any bag any bin. 39,259 views were recorded. Information is available to all Tidy
Towns groups on the Green Dog Walker Campaign.

Extracted, with thanks, from Municipal report

 

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