Water, Waste and Environment

Freetrade Ireland

Freetradeireland.ie is a free online reuse service which allows its users to pass on unwanted items for free. Statistics for Dublin City Council estimate that since the National launch in July 2010 members in the region have achieved an estimated €1.5million in savings and over 15,000 items have been reused. This equates to approximately 267tonnes of material being diverted from landfill. 

Food Waste Prevention in the Home

Food Waste Prevention in the Home

EPA Tidy Towns Special Award for Waste Prevention

In 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring a special competition: the EPA Tidy Towns Special Award for Waste Prevention.


2 National Runner-Up Prizes: €500 each

Community Clean-ups and National Spring Clean

Having a Community Clean-up? Check our Clean-up Checklist!
Groups carrying out a cleanup must register in advance with the Council a date and location for the waste to be collected.

Bags, gloves and pickers will be provided.

Please note that all recyclables such as glass and cans, collected during a cleanup, should be taken to the local bring banks for recycling.

Bulky waste prevention & reuse

Since the start of 2014, Dublin City Council has diverted both bicycles and mattresses from landfill by segregating them at their CA Sites. The bicycles are collected by Rothar http://www.rothar.ie free of charge for reuse in their local shop on Fade Street.

Microbiological Standards

Microbiological standards

Water is monitored for organisms that may indicate the presence of harmful bacteria or viruses.