Waste and the Circular Economy

Team Limerick Cleanup Photo: Diarmuid Greene / Fusionshooters

The private sector currently manages kerbside waste collection in Limerick city under a waste collection permitting system which is administered nationally and enforced locally by LCCC’s Environment Section.

Mungret Civic Amenity Centre is a state-of-the-art facility provided by Limerick City & County Council (LCCC), which facilitates the Reuse and Recycling of a wide range of materials.  

Items that are suitable for reuse are set aside where users of the centre may avail of them.  It also takes green waste for composting, electric and electronic waste, some hazardous waste from householders along with a large range of other items for recycling. 

Limerick City & County Council, in partnership with Tipperary County Council, operates the Southern Region Waste Management Office, which was responsible for producing the Southern Region Waste Management Plan 2015-2021. The plan seeks to managing our waste as a resource to be re-used and recycled sustainably.

LCCC demonstrates its commitment to waste prevention and appropriate waste management by employing an Environment Awareness Officer to coordinate initiatives locally. 

This officer works closely with the waste management office on education and awareness campaigns, including: 

  • increasing participation in the use of brown bins
  • running local projects for National Reuse Month
  • an extensive campaign aimed at decreasing contamination in the recycling bin.

The waste offices run an Eco-Merit programme designed to help businesses and public sector organisations to improve their environmental performance.

  • Arthur’s Quay shopping centre in Limerick city was awarded an Eco-merit

 Team Limerick Clean-up (TLC) takes place every Easter Good Friday since 2015.

  • The first year, over 10,000 people participated in what was Ireland’s largest ever one-day clean-up!
  • In 2019, almost 21,000 volunteers took part from 646 separate groups.

Other waste reduction events and campaigns include:

  • The Conscious Cup Campaign: all the relevant businesses in the Kings Island area of the City offer a discount on beverages to customers who bring their own reusable cup
  • St Michael’s Rowing Club Plastic Free Bottle Urban Run (#RunReuseRefill): reusable glasses were used at water stops in this event which had approximately 500 participants
  • Limerick ‘Going For Gold’ programme, the aim of which is to encourage local communities to take actions which make Limerick a cleaner, brighter place to work, live and visit. There is a specific Reuse Award.
  • Food Waste Prevention Tips with celebrity chef Catherine Fulvio who delighted over 200 participants
  • The city is part of the National An Taisce Green Schools Programme.