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The Environment & Recreation Directorate is responsible for the protection of the environment in a sustainable way which meets the needs of existing and future citizens.

The Directorate through the provision of its various services undertakes measures to protect and enhance the environment in which we live, however, it is only with the help of all citizens taking personal responsibility for environmental care that our goals can be achieved.

The Directorate has responsibility for the provision of the following services:

1) Waste Management: Through the promotion of reduction, recycling and responsible disposal of waste.
2) Litter Management: Through both enforcement and education / information programmes.
3) Street Cleaning: Through the provision of a 7 day a week street cleaning programme.
4) Water Services: Through the provision, on behalf of Irish Water, of clean potable water for domestic and commercial purposes.
5) Waste Water Services: Through the collection, transport and treatment of domestic and industrial wastewater on behalf of Irish Water.
6) Recreational Services: Through the provision playgrounds, pitches, golf course and the provision of recreation/leisure centres, and multi user games areas.
7) Burial Grounds: Through the provision of good quality, well maintained burial facilities.


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        Since 1 January 2014, responsibility for public water supplies has transferred from local authorities to Irish Water, the new national water services authority. Cork City Council operates public water supplies on behalf of Irish Water.


        Drinking Water & Waste Water Service Requests - 24 Hours 

        Faults Water Supply and Waste Water       1850 278278

        Domestic Billing Queries                           1850 448448

        Commercial Water Queries                       1850 778778 

        Irish Water


Flooding Management & Surface Water Queries (021) 4924514

Blocked Road Gullies – Roads Directorate          (021) 4924758

Waste Management:
Landfill Site/Pollution (021) 492 4299 / 492 4533

Waste Operations:
Litter and Dumping (021) 492 4299 

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Food Waste Regulations


Commercial Food Waste

Waste Management (Food Waste) Regulations (SI 508 of 2009) entered into force in Ireland on 1 July 2010. The Regulations require all major producers of food waste to place it in a dedicated bin and ensure it is not mixed with other waste. 

A brown bin collection service must be used so that the collected food waste is subsequently recycled by composting or by other approved recycling process.  Alternatively, businesses affected by this legislation can transport the food waste directly to a recycling plant or can treat it themselves by installing a properly authorised composting unit on the premises where the waste is generated.


Food Waste Fact Sheet(164KB)

Food Waste Summary(250KB)

Household Food Waste

Household Food Waste Regulations

The European Union (Household Food Waste and Bio-waste) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 71 of 2013) promote the segregation and recovery of household food waste in line with national policy and Waste Framework Directive objectives.  They are designed to maximixe the resource which can be extracted from waste and minimise the disposal of waste.

The Regulations will facilitate the achievement of the targets set out in the Landfill Directive (Directive 99/31/EC) for the diversion of biodegradable municipal waste from landfill sites, by directing source-segregated household food waste to composting and to other forms of treatment.

The Regulations impose obligations on householders and waste collectors as follows:

  • Householders: are obliged to segregate their food waste, and make it available for separate collection. Alternatively they may compost their food waste at home; or bring it to an authorised treatment facility (such as a civic amenity or anaerobic digestion site) themselves.
    Householders are not allowed to dispose of food waste in the residual waste collection service (the Black Bin).
  • Waste collectors: are obliged to provide a separate collection service for household food waste.

If you need assistance with how to use your food waste (brown) bin please contact your waste contractor or access the information provided for householders on  For useful guidance and tips on how to minimise the amount of food waste you create and potentially save money on your weekly food shop, please check out

The European Union (Household Food Waste and Bio-waste) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 71 of 2013)  View Regulations

Household Food Waste Regulations (S I 71 of 2013)(76KB)

Brown Bin Leaflet for Householders(1,781KB)