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Illegal Waste Collectors

Guidelines for the public

Local Authorities across the country are working closely with An Garda Síochána to clamp down on illegal Waste Collectors and/or "Man in the Van" type operations.

Please note that all Waste Collectors must hold a valid Waste Collection Permit issued by the National Waste Collection Permit Office (NWCPO). A full list of registered Waste Collectors can be viewed on

Collectors, as part of their permit conditions, must have their Permit Numbers displayed on their van/lorry and carry a copy of their permit in their vehicle.

If an individual or a 'man with a van' arrives at your gate offering to take away your waste cheaply, there is every chance that your waste will end up being dumped – in a bog, in a field, on a country lane.

If this happens and the waste is then traced back to you, you will be responsible for cleaning it up and will receive a fine of anything from €150 to €3,000 on conviction in court. Ultimately, it is your responsibility as a waste holder to ensure that your waste is disposed of correctly.

If you are approached by someone offering to take your waste away and you suspect that they are unpermitted, or if you see them advertising on Facebook, Adverts, Done Deal, etc, then please report it immediately in confidence to the Environment Section of your local authority.