Category Archives: Recycling

Notice of Motion – Re-turn vending machine at Trim Recycling Centre

7 Notice of Motion
7.1 Submitted by Councillor Trevor Golden

To ask Meath County Council to liaise with the Recycling Centre Operator to install a Re-
turn vending machine at the Trim Recycling Centre.

The Deposit Return Scheme, which is a producer led scheme, was rolled out from the 1st
February 2024 and incentivises people to return plastic drinks bottles and aluminium cans
so that they can be successfully recycled into new containers. The scheme is operated by
Deposit Return Scheme Ireland (DRSI) CLG, trading as Re-turn and with larger retailers
and some smaller retailers having installed Reverse Vending Machines, (RVMs) at their
premises to automate the deposit return process. Nearly 200 smaller retailers will
operate the scheme on a manual, over-the-counter basis.

The question of expanding the number of RVMs to recycling centres and other facilities
including sporting facilities is a matter which has been raised with the Department of the
Environment, Climate and Communications and it is understood that following the end
of the transition phase in June a review of the roll out will take place and any gaps
identified including possible roles for Local Authorities in locating such infrastructure
within the Recycling centres.

Free Recycling Day Initiatives – Notice of Motion

9 Notice of Motion
9.3 Submitted by Councillor Trevor Golden

“I call on Meath County Council to increase the number of ‘free day’ initiatives for residential customers using Recycling Centres which are very successful, to facilitate a greater use of the Recycling Centres.”


Meath County Council provides a number of ‘Free Drop Off Days’ each year to encourage the use of the Recycling Centres for the management of specific waste streams and prevent the use of illegal ‘Man in a Van’ operators. Each year 500 tonnes of bulky waste and 1,500 mattresses are collected through these free events. The 2024 schedule of ‘Free Drop Off Days’ is prepared utilising the available allocation as agreed as part of the 2024revenue budget. When preparing the 2025 budget and developing the 2025 schedule, the number and type of these initiatives will be reviewed.


The initiative to waive the €5 fee for black bin waste on a trial period at the Kells Navan and Trim Recycling Centres has resulted in overstimulating visitor numbers to the extent that it has now become impossible to observe Covid 19 social distancing restrictions at the centres.  Over 2,000 customers visited the centres over the weekend of the initiative, depositing 2,300 bags of refuse for safe disposal, some of which may otherwise have been illegally dumped.

The high level of activity presented difficulties in terms of traffic and essential travel restrictions also.  Regretfully this high level of activity cannot be sustained in the current era of Covid 19 restrictions. 

The Recycling Centres are deemed to be an essential service, in particular serving the needs of the population who do not have access to a kerbside collection service, and it is vital that they remain open during this period.

For this reason, it has been decided to reinstate the charges for household waste from 8.30am Wednesday 22nd April.  This will lead to a reduction in the visitor numbers to the sites and will ensure that the sites are allowed to remain open whilst observing social distancing restrictions and that the use of the centres does not present a health threat to visitors or staff.

The public are advised to use the sites only if essentially required and to store materials where possible at this time.

The gate fee of €2 continues to be waived.

We continue to seek vigilance from the public in terms of illegal dumping which has increased in recent weeks.

All waste collectors must have a waste collection permit.  Never use a waste collector who does not have a permit listed at

Report suspicious activity to

For further information on recycling centres in Meath visit

Civic Amenity Sites – Navan ,Kells and Trim

“Waste collection and disposal is designated as a critical and essential service  and following consideration and recommendations  of the Regional Waste Management Offices and the Local Authority Business Continuity Group the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment  have agreed for Civic Amenity sites to remain open to facilitate acceptance of essential waste and in particular for households who are not in receipt of a kerbside / door to door collection service.

The Civic Amenity Sites at Navan, Kells and Trim will therefore remain open Monday to Saturday (8.30am to 4.45pm) however the public are advised to use the sites only if essentially required and alternatively to store materials where possible at this time. It is anticipated that if the Covid 19 restrictions are fully observed activity at these sites will be significantly reduced and social distancing will be more easily achieved.

As you are aware, in order to eliminate cash handling the Council waived the €2 entry charge to the three sites for the period of the current health protection measures being in place. We have also decided to waive the €5 fee for a bag of day to day residual domestic waste (with recyclables removed) on a temporary basis to reduce illegal dumping which is become ever more prevalent across the county and presents a serious health risk to our staff.

The operations at the three sites will be monitored on an ongoing basis and changes put in place where necessary.

Notwithstanding our decision to waive the fees as above, it is a matter for the Gardai to decide if the trip is essential or not.”

– Meath County Council Environment Department

Recycling Centres Incentives

Meath County Council Ordinary Meeting
5th November 2018, Council Chamber

9 Notice of Motion
9.1 Submitted by Councillor Trevor Golden

To help promote recycling at our recycling centres and reduce illegal dumping, we ask Meath County Council to consider introducing measures such as loyalty programmes, household credits or regular free recycling days for households in Meath.

Supporting Information subject to the motion being proposed, seconded and considered.The operation of the Council’s three Civic Amenity Sites at Navan, Kells and Trim is the subject of a three year contract with Oxigen, which expires at the end of 2018. The contract provides various incentives that promote greater usage of the three sites, andalso requires the operators to engage in extensive education and awareness initiatives to promote recycling and other sound environmental practices.In order to facilitate the public to the greatest extent possible, a number of trials have been conducted in relation to the opening hours at the centres. However, the current opening hours of 8.30am to 4.45pm Monday – Saturday have been found to meet the needs of the majority of visitors to the site. In recent years, the Environment Department, in collaboration with the operators, hasheld a number of successful events in the three sites, which found great favour with the public, including a free mattress ‘drop off day’ in July of this year, resulting in approximately 500 mattresses being brought to the Kells Recycling centre. This initiative was funded under the Anti Dumping Initiative and it is believed that some of these would otherwise have been dumped. A trial food waste project was held over a number of months in Navan where participants gained free access to the site. It is pointed out that persons wishing to drop off waste electrical, electronic equipment (WEEE) are exempt from the €3 entry fee. A free toy drop off was held in 2017 in the three sites where large volumes of recyclable materials were delivered to the sites. A farm hazardous waste collection day was held in Kells recycling centre last year. A number of new initiatives are now being considered, some of which will tie in with the award of a new contract for the operation of the sites for the next four years – these include:

  • The introduction of a compulsory loyalty scheme which will reward regular users of the sites and encourage additional users.
  • Subject to approval as part of the estimates process, a possible review of the entry fee to the three sites.
  • A free couch recycling day at Kells Recycling Centre on Saturday 17th November with further household bulky waste events to follow in 2019, as part of the Anti Dumping Campaign – (such events to be strongly advertised and promoted and aimed to dissuade the public from giving such goods to Man in the Van Type Operators.)
  • A further ‘toy drop off’ day to be held in each of the three sites in December.
  • Farm tyre waste collection day similar to a very successful event held recently in Cootehill, Co Cavan.
  • New signage at each site highlighting what is included in your gate fee, and which waste streams involve extra costs, with up to date leaflets and leaflet holder attached to signs.

Link to Minutes on Meath County Council