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Waste Operations

The principal activities of the Waste Operations Section are:

Refuse Collection


Cork City Council has transferred its waste collection service for both domestic and non domestic customers to Country Clean Recycling, The Mill, Castletownroche, Mallow Co. Cork with effect from Monday 15th August 2011.  There is no immediate changes to waste collection and you should continue to present your waste as normal.

Enquiries concerning any aspect of waste collection services should be made to Country Clean Recycling at 022 46848 or to


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Street Cleaning

The city centre area is swept on a scheduled basis, using a combination of manual sweepers, a mechanical mini-sweeper and three manually-operated mechanical sweepers. The areas outside the city centre are kept clean by five large mechanical sweepers.

The City Council also operates a street-washing service to remove deep-seated grime and discarded chewing gum.

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Litter Management


Fines under the Litter Pollution Acts 1997-2009 are administered by the Street Cleaning and Litter Management section of the Environment & Recreation Directorate in Cork City Council. Appeals to fines under the Litter Pollution Acts 1997-2009 issued by Cork City Council must be made in writing to:

The Senior Staff Officer, Street Cleaning and Litter Management, Environment and Recreation Directorate, Cork City Council, Room 232, City Hall, Cork. T12 T997

Dog Fouling

Facilities for the proper disposal of dog waste have been provided in the following locations: -

  • Fair Field
  • Gerry O'Sullivan Park
  • Bellsfield
  • Grattan Hill Park
  • Tank Field
  • Fitzgerald's Park
  • Lee Fields
  • Clashduv Park
  • The Lough
  • The Marina
  • Mahon Amenity Walk
  • Deerpark Road Green Area

The City Council has also purchased biodegradable dog litter disposal bags. These will be provided to the owners of licensed dogs and at publicised locations. A publicity campaign, involving the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, will be launched within the next few weeks.

Fly Posters

Flyposting remains a particularly difficult problem for the City Council to resolve. Illegal posters are removed at regular intervals and we are continuing to source materials and methods for the prevention and removal of these.

Community Clean-Up

In conjunction with the Recreation, Amenity and Culture Directorate and the Housing Directorate, a community-supported clean-up of litter was organised in the Glen and Knocknaheeny.

Educational and Promotional Activities

The Litter Wardens visit schools, by invitation, to discuss environmental matters generally and in particular litter and recycling.

Following our successful Public Speaking competition in English and Gaeilge for Schools in 2003, we intend holding the competition again this year. Details of the competition will be sent to City schools in the next few weeks and will also be posted on this website.

Waste Operations staff continue to participate in environmental programmes, organised by the Community and Enterprise Directorate, in the Mahon and Blackpool/The Glen/Mayfield areas.

Discussions are ongoing with St. John's College for the production of an anti-litter video.

We advertise extensively and run promotions from time to time on local radio stations and in the press.


Cork City Council is participating in the All-Ireland Anti-Litter League, sponsored by IBAL (Irish Business Against Litter), and organised by An Taisce. As well as the Recreation, Amenity and Culture and the Roads Directorates of Cork City Council, other bodies such as UCC, CIT, Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann, Beamish and Crawford and Blackpool Shopping Centre are in partnership with the Waste Operations section in this venture.

National Litter Pollution Monitoring

Cork City Council participates in the programme of inspections, organised by the Litter Monitoring Body for the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. We are also represented on the Steering Body.

Litter Management Plan Review

The Cork City Litter Management Plan Review was prepared by a Committee consisting of representatives from An Gárda Síochána, Cork Business Association, Cork Chamber of Commerce, Cork City Challenge, Cork Community Development Institute, Cork/Kerry Tourism, Cork Primary Schools, Cork Secondary Schools, IBEC and officials from the Environment Section, Cork City Council. The plan was placed on public display and approved by Cork City Council at their meeting held on the 22nd April 2002.

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