Household Waste

Local Government Act 2001 – Part 19 & Section 199(1)
Waste Management Act 1996 – Section 35(1)

Notice is hereby given that Laois County Council pursuant to Section 35(1) of the Waste Management Act 1996 and Section 199(1) of the Local Government Act 2001 and in accordance with Part 19 of the Local Government Act 2001 proposes to make new Bye-Laws to regulate and control the Storage, Presentation and Segregation of Household and Commercial Waste within its functional area. It is proposed to make provision in the Bye-Laws for the imposition of a fixed payment of €75 in respect of a contravention of a Bye-Law as an alternative to a prosecution, as provided for in Section 206 of the Local Government Act 2001.

The Draft Bye-Laws are available for inspection at:
Laois County Council Offices, Aras An Chontae from 5th June 2018 until 3rd August 2018, between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm Monday to Friday. A copy of the draft Bye-Laws may also be obtained free of charge from this location.
They are also available for inspection at Laois County Council Public Libraries (during normal opening hours) .

Laois County Council will consider any submissions made in relation to the Draft Bye-Laws. Such submissions can be made in writing before 5 pm on 10th August 2018 to: Mr. Donal Brennan, Director of Services, Environment Department, Laois County Council, Aras An Chontae or by e-mail to  All submissions must include the name and address of the person/organisation making the submission.

Waste Management Bye-Law County Laois Draft 1 1

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European Union (Household Food Waste and Bio-Waste) Regulations 2015


The ‘Household Food and Bio-Waste Regulations 2015’ require that all household food waste must be segregated and that the waste collector must provide a ‘Brown Bin’ for this waste.


What does this mean for me ?

The regulations have a phased implementation and originally took effect from the 1st July 2013. From the 31st December 2013 the regulations took effect in the Co. Laois towns of Portlaoise and Graiguecullen i.e. populations greater than 20,000 persons. Householders residing in these towns had to segregate food waste from the general waste stream. Other urban areas will be included, based on their population size from July 2014 onwards.


 What must I do with my food waste ?


Once segregated from the general waste stream you may either:

  • subject the food waste to a home composting process (such as using a food digestion cone), OR
  • bring the food to an authorised facility for treatment, OR
  • present it in a brown bin for collection by an authorised waste collector.

A householder may NOT

  • Deposit food waste in the residual waste collection bin (i.e. ‘black bin’)


What are the implications for Waste Collectors ?
All authorised waste collectors, collecting household waste in these areas must provide a separate food waste collection service or ‘Brown Bin’ for their customers.


Why are these changes taking place ?

Under the ‘Landfill Directive’, Ireland has been directed to divert biodegradable waste away from landfill. Biodegradable waste is made up mostly of food and garden waste, which when sent to landfill, is a major source of methane, a gas which not only causes odour nuisance but also contributes to climate change.

Until recent times food waste was needlessly discarded to landfill. Instead it can be used to make a valuable product – compost.

The ‘Household Food and Bio-Waste Regulations’ 2015 seek to address this and are a follow on from previous regulations which have applied to Portlaoise and Graigecullen householders since late 2013, as well as the ‘Commercial Food Waste Regulations’ introduced for businesses in 2009. If not implemented, Ireland faces stiff penalties from the European Union.


Further Information

European Union (Household Food and Bio-waste) Regulations 2015

Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government – Bio/Food Waste

Stop Food Waste


Note: This page is a guide only. It does not purport to provide, and should not be relied upon as, a legal interpretation of the Regulations. Laois County Council advises you to read the Regulations in full.