Waste Presentation Bye-Laws 

On 13th December 2019, Cavan County Council introduced Bye-Laws in relation to the segregation, storage and presentation of household & commercial waste within its functional area pursuant to Part 19 of the Local Government Act 2001, as amended and Section 35(1) of the Waste Management Act 1996, as amended. 

Who do these bye-laws apply to? 

  • These bye-laws apply to all households, apartments and commercial premises in County Cavan. 

Why do we need these bye-laws? 

  • To help you manage your waste in an environmentally acceptable manner. 
  • To ensure that your waste is only given to an authorised door-to-door waste collector or brought to an authorised waste facility e.g. civic amenity sites, bring centre. 
  • To help ensure your waste is correctly segregated. 
  • To reduce illegal dumping and backyard burning.  
  • By correctly managing your waste you will: 
    • Make a contribution to meeting the climate challenge. 
    • Improve the quantity and quality of recyclable material collected. 
    • Reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and incineration. 
    • Help conserve planet Earth’s finite resources. 

How do I comply with the bye-laws? 

In order to manage your waste correctly you must either: 

  • Have a contract in place with an authorised door-to-door waste collector. 
  • Have a bin sharing agreement in place.  Ensure that the account holder has provided you with proof of agreement. 
  • Demonstrate regular use of an authorised waste facility e.g. civic amenity site. 

Whichever option you choose, you must be able to provide documentary evidence, such as receipts, statements or other proof of payment or for bin sharing a signed letter of consent from the person who holds the contract. 

What else do I have to do? 

  • You must segregate recyclable waste from your residual waste and present these separately.  Note: If you are living in an urban area, small town or village with a population of over 500, you must also segregate your food waste. 
  • When using a permitted door-to-door waste collector you must ensure that your waste is presented for collection in a wheeled bin on the day designated by your collector. The wheeled bin cannot be presented for collection before 6pm on the day preceding the collection and must be removed no later than 9pm on the designated waste collection day. 
  • The wheeled bin presented for collection, must: 
    • Be maintained in a good state of repair. 
    • Not be overfilled. 
    • Not contain any hazardous waste e.g. batteries, aerosols. 
    • Not contain waste electrical and electronic equipment. 
    • Be removed from the kerbside when the collection has been completed. 

How do I comply if I live in an apartment? 

If you live in an apartment, the bye-laws apply to you as described above.  The bye-laws require your management company/apartment owner to ensure adequate containers are provided for all segregated waste fractions within the apartments designated waste storage point.  You are obliged to segregate waste within your own apartment.  

What happens if I don’t comply? 

Failure to comply with any of the requirements of the bye-laws may result in a Fixed Penalty Notice of €75 being issued by a member of Cavan County Council or a fine on conviction of up to €2,500. 

You will find everything you need and want to know about managing your waste responsibly, efficiently and in the way that suits you at www.mywaste.ie. 

You can visit www.cavancoco.ie to find your nearest civic amenity sites and recycling bring centres.