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Licences and Permits

Licences and Permits

ECOS work with a wide range of business sectors to obtain and manage a variety of environmental licences and permits including:  Industrial Emissions (IE) and Integrated Pollution Control (IPC) Waste Licence  Waste Facility & Collection Permits Licences to discharge wastewater to sewer, surface water or ground. Solvent certificates of compliance Water Abstractions Register ECOS work...

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Circular Economy Opportunity

The circular economy opportunity often becomes shrouded in “higher level” benefits to address the triple planetary crisis of climate, biodiversity, and pollution, as well as pathways for inclusive development.  Throw in the holy grail “Net Zero” misconception that it is only possible only through heavy investments and sacrificing margins and enthusiasm wanes rapidly. Sustainable development...

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Waste Collection Permit: When is it required?

A Waste Collection Permit is required where a person wishes to collect waste for the purposes of reward or profit and is issued by the National Waste Collection Permits Office (NWCPO).  In accordance with Section 24 (1) of the Waste Management ( Collection Permit) Regulations 2007 & 2008, a WCP is valid for 5 years...

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Basic checks and balances – Save Costs and Add Value

In our experience, problems arise in businesses and costs increase where basic checks and balances have been overlooked or not acted upon. “If you don’t measure it you cannot manage it” ECOS works with our clients to ensure that avoidable problems can be avoided. The potential cost saving benefits to the client can often be...

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When is a Waste Facility Permit Required?

A waste facility permit is a legal requirement in Ireland.   In accordance with Section 39 of the Waste Management Act 1996, as amended, a waste authorisation is required in order for any person or company to treat/store/recycle/recover or dispose of waste. Examples of activities which require a waste authorisation include:  Recycling of construction & demolition...

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Do you need a Trade Effluent to Sewer Discharge Licence

Do you need a Trade Effluent to Sewer Discharge Licence

Trade effluent is any liquid discharge which is not domestic sewage (toilet, bath or hand washing waste, < 5 m3/day) or uncontaminated surface water and roof drainage (rainwater), that is to be discharged from a business premise. Any business with discharges trade effluent (including cooling water) to sewers requires a discharge licence. In order to apply for a...

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IPC / IED Annual Environmental Reports – Due Date

IPC / IED Annual Environmental Reports – Due Date

The Annual Environmental Report (AER) is a requirement for all EPA licensed facilities. IPC/IED/Waste Licence holders must submit an Annual Environmental Report (AER) to the EPA by 31st March each year.  This is a report of the environmental performance of the activity for the previous year. The content of the AER presents a concise summary...

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Waste Collection Permit: Your Guide for Application or Renewal

Waste Collection Permit: Your Guide for Application or Renewal

A waste collection permit is required where a person or business wishes to collect waste for the purposes of reward or profit.   ECOS regularly assists our clients to apply for, manage and renew their Waste Collection Permit. Existing permit holders should take note of the expiry date of your waste collection permit. A waste collection permit...

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What is “Trade Effluent” and what licences are required?

Trade effluent is any liquid discharge which is not domestic sewage (toilet, bath or hand washing waste, < 5 m3/day) or uncontaminated surface water and roof drainage (rainwater), that is to be disposed of from a business premises to the public sewer system, surface water or groundwater. Trade effluent may contain materials such as oil, grease, nutrients,...

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Waste is a resource which is not being used correctly

Waste is a resource which is not being used correctly

Waste is a resource which is not being used correctly. Often greater value can be achieved through improved management of production costs and resource used as opposed to increased sales. The circular economy eliminates the concept of waste and recognises that everything has a value.  This includes looking at waste as the underutilisation of resources. Circular supply chain:  Introduces fully...

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Water Resource €100k Cap Ex Saving

ECOS has been working with a manufacturing business since 2012 when we saved them €100,000 capital expenditure and €25,000 annual operational costs through optimising their use of a water resource. Through modification of a production process a waste stream was reduced by in excess of 90% , negating the need for on-site treatment. Additional savings...

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