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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 

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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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Waste Battery Regulations

European Union (Batteries and Accumulators) ( Amendment)Regulations 2014 ( S.I. No. 283 of 2014 ) came into effect on 30th of July 2014 they follow on from the waste Management(Batteries and Accumulators) Regulations 2008 and impose obligations on people who produce and distribute batteries and accumulators. If not disposed of properly, and sent to a normal landfill, batteries can release dangerous heavy metals into the environment such as cadmium, nickel and lead. For this reason they must be recycled correctly to avoid this happening.

Obligations for Retailers:

All battery / accumulator retailers need to ensure that they are registered annually with their local authority (download registration form ) or with WEEE Ireland / ERP (approved registration bodies)

NOTE:  Retailers selling WEEE and registered with Cork City Council under the WEE Regulations are also deemed registered under the Batteries and Accumulators Regulations, 2008.

Retailers only selling portable batteries (i.e. AAA,AA, Cell C, Cell D, PP3 and PP9) are not required to register but are still obligated to provide free take-back facilities for batteries of the same type which they sell.  Retailers selling automotive or industrial batteries and not already registered under the WEEE Regulations are required to register with their local authority and pay a fee of €20 annually, or register with WEEE Ireland, which covers the Cork City Council area.

Registered retailers are obligated to provide take-back facilities free of charge.  Waste batteries need not have been purchased at their premises.  The facility should be conveniently located and appropriate notices put in place. Retailers can only transfer waste batteries on to authorised waste collectors, which include WEEE Ireland (an approved collection compliance scheme, Kinsale Road Civic Amenity site (once prior arrangements have been made with the site operator) or a permitted waste collector acting on behalf of the battery / accumulator producer.  Under the Regulations, producers of batteries and accumulators are obligated to finance any net costs arising from the environmentally sound management of waste batteries deposited at collection points.

An information note for Retailers is provided on the Department of the Environment's website.

Members of the public can deposit their waste batteries at collection points on the premises of all battery retailers once the waste batteries are equivalent to the type which is sold on the premises.  Waste batteries and accumulators can also be brought to the Kinsale road Civic Amenity site. Waste batteries and accumulators should never be disposed of in household bins.


For further details, or if you have any queries on the regulations, contact the Enforcement Section in Cork City Council on (021) 492 4299 / 492 4533 or email Email:


Waste Management (Batteries and Accumulators) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

Links - European Recycling Platform

Note:  This page is a guide only.  It does not purport to provide, and should not be relied upon as, a legal interpretation of the regulations. Cork City Council advises you to read the Regulations in full.