Less than half of waste sites in Cork have been audited

Less than half of waste sites in Cork have been audited

Officials from Cork County Council carried out site audits and inspections at less than half of licensed waste facilities regulated by the Council in 2016.

Cork County Council issues licencing for Civic Amenity sites and for collection facilities, while collector permits are centralised.

Under the waste management regulations legislation those intending to carry out waste collection activities in the Cork county area must apply for a waste collection permit through the National Waste Collection Permit Office (NWCPO).

All facilities accepting waste from kerbside collectors were inspected.

Kanturk-Mallow councillor, Melissa Mullane put a motion before the Council asking for a report on the auditing process and its role within the NWCPO in issuing permits to operators.

In a statement, Council said 40 of 97 licensed facilities had been audited or inspected to ensure waste was being disposed of appropriately.

“There are currently 97 facilities regulated by Cork County Council. In 2016 Cork County Council carried out 40 audits/inspections and this would include the inspection of paper work to ensure materials entering the site were disposed of to facilities appropriately licensed to accept materials,” the statement read.

“There are 214 collection permits in Cork County Council's functional area. The NWCPO forwards and review applications to Cork County Council for comment. Cork County Council carries out validation checks on the annual environmental returns form collection permit holders.

"A desk top validation would be carried out on all returns. Site visits and inspection of records are carried out at all facilities accepting material from kerbside collectors. Site visits and inspection records are carried out at facilities accepting materials from 20% of other collectors.” Cllr Mullane believes information regarding the pathways for waste disposal from licensed facilities should be publically available.

“I think it is our responsibility that we know where our product ends up and that it goes to a licenced facility. While there may be a paper trail there, I'm fearful that there is nobody going out and checking these facilities. Paper trails are very different to facts,” she said.

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