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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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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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Circular Economy can contribute to reducing emissions

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has presented a methodological approach which can help identify and prioritise circular efforts that can contribute to reducing emissions in any sector.  For example –  reducing the use of concrete, cement and steel in the building sector can cut materials-related greenhouse gas emissions by 61% over a building’s life cycle stages...

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Draft Guidance Note on Soil Recovery Waste Acceptance Criteria

The EPA developed this guidance document applies to soil recovery facilities which exceed the operational thresholds for waste facility permits.  Facilities that exceed these thresholds are required to operate under a Waste Licence granted by the Environmental Protection Agency (the Agency). Licensed soil recovery facilities are typically worked-out quarries that are in the process of...

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Discharge licences for effluents discharged to sewers

Whether your business is a small restaurant or a large multinational manufacturing industry, if it generates a wastewater which is discharged to a sewer, a discharge licence is required with very few exceptions. Irish Water are responsible for the issuing of discharge licences for effluents discharged to sewers under the provisions of Section 7 of...

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Water treatment plants in Europe – new data viewer

A new data viewer from the European Environment Agency (EEA) allows users to access data on urban wastewater and treatment plants. The new data viewer, part of the Water Information System for Europe (WISE) has been developed to facilitate the use and display of data already reported under the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (UWWTD). The new UWWTD data viewer...

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Water treatment plants in Europe – new data viewer

A new data viewer from the European Environment Agency (EEA) allows users to access data on urban wastewater and treatment plants. The new data viewer, part of the Water Information System for Europe (WISE) has been developed to facilitate the use and display of data already reported under the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (UWWTD). The new UWWTD data viewer...

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Licencing Requirements for Wastewater discharged to sewer or receiving water

Whether your business is a small restaurant or a large multinational manufacturing industry,if it generates a wastewater which is discharged either to a sewer or a receiving water, a licence is required with very few exceptions. Time and time again we come across businesses have either had difficulties because they have not obtained a licence...

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Grant Assistance Available Details Announced for Septic Tanks Remediation

Mr. Phil Hogan T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, has announced that he has signed regulations to provide for grant assistance for householders whose septic tanks are deemed to require remediation following an inspection under the EPA’s National Inspection Plan. The grants scheme will apply only where a domestic waste water treatment...

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