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. Click here 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. 
    • The best practice guidelines for the preparation of resource & waste management plans for construction & demolition projects are available here.
    • Circular economy checklists for the construction sector are available here. 

In summary you will need to:

    • Estimate the amount of waste to be generated.
    • Wastes generated on site must be segregated into individual types, where possible.
    • All waste moved off site, including soil and stone must be:
    • Records must be maintained on site to prove the waste has been managed correctly. It is advisable to retain these records for a minimum period of 7 years.
    • Completed Waste Management Plans can be forwarded to the following address:

Environment Department, Galway City Council, City Hall, College Road, Galway H91X4K8 or email 



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