Construction and Demolition Waste Enforcement

Local authorities regulate the disposal and recycling of construction and demolition waste such as soil, rubble, bricks, timber and plaster.

The Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy  is Ireland’s new roadmap for waste planning and management. It revised the 2006 "Best Practice Guidelines on the Preparation of Waste Management Plans for Construction and Demolition Waste Projects”.

The EPA published Best Practice Guidelines for the Preparation of Resource & Management Plans for Construction and Demolition Projects in 2021.

A copy can be found at the following link: Best practice guidelines for the preparation of resource & waste management plans for construction & demolition projects

Construction and Demolition Waste

Under waste legislation Construction and Demolition Waste is defined as ‘all waste that arises from construction, renovation and demolition activities’.

It includes soil and stone, surplus and damaged products and materials arising at construction works or used temporarily during on-site activities, together with dredge spoil. These materials can be hazardous. Please see below for Environmental Protection Agency document on Waste Classification which includes the List of Wastes (formerly European Waste Catalogue EWC) other List of Waste guidance documents.

  • If you are responsible for carrying out a construction and demolition project, you must ensure that you have a waste management plan for all waste generated as a result of this activity AND ensure that it is segregated so that it can be reused, recycled or disposed of in an appropriate way.
  • Where construction or demolition wastes cannot be reused or recycled, that waste must be transported to authorised waste facilities using the services of authorised waste collectors.