Household Food Waste Regulations News Flash!!

The Department of the Environment confirmed to Acorn Recycling that the Household Food Waste Regulations, due to be signed and implemented in 2013 will begin on July 2013, regardless of when the regulations are signed into law over the coming months.

This means that brown bin introduction will be less sporadic than before and will become mainstream throughout populated areas in Ireland from this year on.

AQS Environmental Solutions – Safety Bulletin January 2013

As you are aware, the nature of AQS Environmental Solutions’s daily activities requires us to ensure that we have robust and practical safety systems and procedures in place, whether it is jetting drains, cleaning waste water treatment plants or general power-washing operations, all of our daily activities are carried out with the safety and health of our employees and our customers in mind at all times.

As a result of our continued development of our safety management system and commitment to our loyal customer base, we would like to bring to your attention the fact that we now frequently undertake the role of PSCS (Project Supervisor Construction Stage) and PSDS (Project Supervisor Design Stage) in a large portion of our local authority & other works.  All of this is delivered in house by our own health and safety manager and operations team.

By assuming the role of PSDS / PSCS, the management of all aspects of safety during the design and / or construction stage is managed entirely by AQS Environmental Solutions within the guidelines set out in the ‘Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act (Construction Regulations) 2006’ – we liaise directly with all relevant parties to ensure that the works are undertaken in a safe, sustainable manner.

We look forward to discussing any queries that you may have and working with you on projects that will be completed in due course.  Please contact us with any queries.

Best wishes for a prosperous 2103 from all the team at AQS Environmental Solutions.

Happy Christmas from The Arlo Group

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) at Acorn Recycling Composting Facility

rx3, the government body tasked with developing markets for recyclable materials and secondary recycled products in Ireland, recently published ‘A life cycle assessment (LCA) of a standard Irish composting process and agricultural use of compost’.

The information on which the report is based came from Acorn Recycling’s in-vessel composting facility at Ballybeg, Littleton, Co. Tipperary.  The report shows that Acorn Recycling’s composting facility operates to the same efficiency as the most advanced facilities in Europe.

The standard LCA methodology employed enables the environmental impact of a product or service to be determined in terms of the consumption of resources and emissions into the atmosphere, as well as the production of waste during the entire life cycle (“from the cradle to the grave”).

The results of this LCA have shown that ‘’in a life cycle assessment perspective, the system of composting organic waste has a clear environmental benefit over using artificial fertilisers with landfill as a waste management option.  From this LCA, one can confidently conclude that using a composting system to manage organic waste and produce organic fertiliser is a much more effective system than conducting these functions separately.’’

The full report is available at:

Emergency Services at AQS

Due to the nature of our business and service offering, we provide an emergency response service to our clients.

There is a trained member of staff on the end of our emergency call phone (086) 8131010 at all times, 24/7/365.

In the past we have answered emergency call outs, whereby we have cleaned up spillages, unblocked pipes, and provided other specialist services as required.

Please do not hesitate to contact us on the above number if you have an emergency outside our office hours, 08:00 – 18:00. We will do our very best to resolve your problem as soon as possible.


Irish Road Safety Week 2012

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is urging people nationwide to continue their life-saving behaviour and get involved in the national and local efforts to reduce road deaths. This plea comes as the RSA announced details of their annual ‘drive to save lives’ during ‘Irish Road Safety Week’ which takes place nationwide from Monday 8th October to Sunday 14th October.

To date this year (10th September 2012), 122 people have lost their lives on Irish roads. Of these, half (50%) were drivers and 17 were pedestrians. Even more worryingly, almost one third of road-users killed (32%) were aged between 16 and 25 years old.

Mr Gay Byrne, Chairman, Road Safety Authority said: “Over the past five years, road-users in Ireland have proven just what can be achieved when we all take responsibility for the way we use the roads. And for that, I thank you. Although we have seen further reductions in road deaths this year, we have still lost 122 people in what are preventable tragedies. ‘Irish Road Safety Week’ is a time to reflect on your own behaviour on the roads, think about the improvements you can make to be a better, safer driver and how you can help to save even more lives on our roads.”

For more information please follow this link.

Protect Your Water with AQS


The Water Services (Amendment) Act 2012 introduces a new registration and inspecition system for septic tanks and other domestic waste water treatment systems in Ireland.  From June 2012, owners of domestic waste water treatment systems are required to register their systems with thier water services authority, (local authority).  A once-off registration fee will apply -  a reduced fee of €5.00 can be paid until 28th September 2012.  It will then increase to €50.00.

Here is what you need to know:

  • Domestic waste water treatment system owners are required to register their systems by 1st February 2013.
  • You can register online at, through your local authourity office or by calling Lo Call 1890 800 800.
  • If you do not register your system you will be committing an offence.  (It will be more likely that an inspection will take place if you are not registered).
  • If a system is found to be defective an advisory notice requiring that the problem is remedied will be issued by the water services authority.
  • You can tell there is a problem with your system if there are foul odours, excessive amounts of vegetations in your percolation area or the area around your system is soggy and waterlogged.
  • Owners must ensure that spetic tank cleaning and desludging is carried out by permitted waste collection contractors only, such as AQS.
  • Options to provide financial support to household systems requiring upgrade or remediation, following inspection in 2013, will be kept under review.
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