Organic Waste Management in Apartments in Ireland

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This 10-month desk study was carried out by RPS as part of the ERTDI Programme 2000-2006 to address the issue of organic waste management at apartments in Ireland. Organic waste (i.e. food and garden waste) constitutes the single largest component (~36%) of household waste. Irish waste management policy requires source separation of organic household waste to divert this material away from landfill to higher treatment options. The preferred sustainable option is to biologically treat organic waste and produce a valuable reusable end product, i.e. compost.
The separate collection of organic waste at apartments can often be overlooked, as there can be challenging issues at these dwellings associated with the storage, presentation and collection of this material. However, national and international studies show that when key considerations are taken into account at the earliest possible stage, the implementation of source-separated organic waste collections is possible from apartments. Successful organic waste collection is not always possible from all types of multi-storey dwellings in some areas. The introduction of organic waste collection in apartments will help Ireland meet its targets to divert organic waste from landfill, and provide equal opportunity to those apartment residents who wish to source-separate waste

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Ms. Carmel Carey
RPS Consulting Engineers

Mr. Warren Phelan
RPS Consulting Engineers

Mr. Conall Boland
RPS Consulting Engineers

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Author(s)Carey, C. Phelan, W. Boland, C.
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Publication InformationOrganic Waste Management in Apartments in Ireland
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
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Resource KeywordsOrganic waste, waste collection schemes, apartments, waste policy, dwellings, household waste
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2005-WRM-MS-33
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeWaste and Resource Management
Resource Availability: Any User Can Download Files From This Resource
Limitations on the use of this ResourceThere are no actual datasets attached to this research project. However, the authors request that any third party usage (through any publication means) of the facts, opinions, or outcomes of this research is properly cited to the original authors. Please use the citation generated automatically by this system as a guide for the proper citation of this work.
Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 1
Project Start Date Monday 13th February 2006 (13-02-2006)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Monday 13th February 2006 (13-02-2006)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Friday 15th December 2006 (15-12-2006)
Published on SAFERFriday 18th July 2008 (18-07-2008)
Date of Last EditWednesday 2nd March 2011 at 12:13:52 (02-03-2011)
Datasets or Files Updated On Friday 18th July 2008 at 10:11:51 (18-07-2008)

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A questionnaire survey was completed by a sample of apartment residents in Dublin city. This research project also reviewed the four local authorities (Galway City and County, Waterford City and Couny Councils) who have established organic waste collection schemes in the past few years for both single and multi-storey dwellings. Two Dublin local authorities were also reviewed - Fingal County Council and Dublin City Council.

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the potential development of effective kerbside organic waste collection for existing and proposed nulti-story developments. The boom in house building in the last 10 years in Ireland, especially in large urban centers, has seen a rapid increase in the number of apartments. The National Waste Database Report published by EPA in 2007 suggest that organic waste constitutes the single largest component of national household waste and represents 36.2% of all waste in 2004.
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A desktop literature review was carried out examining the following: Organic waste management practises and policy in Ireland and Organic waste generation from apartments. Information and data for this report were gathered through a combination of literature review, stakeholder consultation and a questionnaire survey of existing apartment residents. A questionnaire survey was completed by a sample of apartment residents in Dublin and provided information on waste storage, presentation and collection issues. Two organic waste collection systems were visited in a 2-day study tour to the Netherlands and Belgium, and consultation took place with a local authority representative and a private waste collector involved with these schemes. Consultation was also carried out with key stakeholders in the Irish waste industry, including apartment residents, property management companies, private and public waste collectors, architects and a property developer.
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