Other Agencies with Responsibility for Asbestos


Office of Public Works

The Office of Public Works coordinates the management of asbestos in State properties generally, excluding schools. Queries relating to asbestos in State properties can be directed to Health & Safety Services at OPW HQ in Trim, Co. Meath. Queries relating to asbestos in schools can be directed to Schools' Boards of Management or to Department of Education & Skills in Tullamore, Co. Offaly. See www.education.ie for further information.

Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deals with the licensing of storage of hazardous waste, including asbestos. Any company or local authority that stores asbestos waste must be licensed.

Asbestos waste is hazardous and must be disposed of properly. Before any demolition work, identify which waste facility is licensed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for disposal of asbestos waste.  Hazardous waste transfer stations can accept asbestos waste and then arrange to have it disposed of at an appropriate facility here or abroad

National Waste Collection Permit Office

The role of the National Waste Collection Permit Office is to accept and process all new and review Waste Collection Permit applications for all Waste Management Regions in the Republic of Ireland. They maintain a register of Permits. Any hauliers or contractors used to transport asbestos waste must be authorised and have a valid waste collection permit to collect this type of asbestos waste

 See also: Carriage of Asbestos Containing Material (ACM's) by Road

National TFS Office

From 12 July 2007, the National TFS (Transfrontier Shipment) Office in Dublin City Council is designated as the National Competent Authority for the export, import and transit of waste shipments. All transfrontier shipments of waste originating in any local authority area in the State that are subject to the prior written notification procedures must be notified to and through Dublin City Council at the National TFS Office via an electronic Waste Transfer Form.

Local Authorities

Local Authorities are responsible for investigating any incidents of air and water pollution in their areas, for example, the incorrect disposal of asbestos and can prosecute any infringements of the Air Pollution Act, 1987 and the Local Government (Water Pollution) Act, 1977.

If you have asbestos waste that you need to dispose of, you should contact your local authority to see if the landfill site will accept the waste. You can also contact one of the private companies that are licensed by the EPA to store hazardous waste prior to disposal.

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