Public Participation: Identification of Bathing Waters

Public Participation: Identification of Bathing Waters

Local authorities must identify official bathing areas in their area every year so that they can be monitored for safety, water quality and their level of use.  To help with this process, Monaghan County Council are asking people who swim at beaches, lakes and rivers to tell them if they think they should maintain existing designated bathing waters designations or give a new official bathing area designation to areas that are commonly used for swimming, but not identified at the moment.


Under European and Irish law, Irish local authorities must identify bathing waters each year so that these areas can be monitored to ensure they meet stringent microbiological water quality standards. In some cases, the official bathing areas are also the areas where local authorities focus their resources providing lifeguards during the summer season.  These laws also require that the local authority prepares detailed descriptions or profiles for each of the identified bathing water sites that describe not just the bathing area but also areas in the surface waters catchment area that could be a source of pollution. The profiles include an assessment the risk of pollution and what action would be taken if pollution occurs.

If you are a regular swimmer and want to help your Council decide which bathing areas should be classified as such, it might be helpful to consider the following:

  • How your swimming area has been used up to now;
  • How many people use the site;
  • What facilities exist at the site and how accessible it is;
  • Any safety issues.

If you have a submission to make on the identification of bathing waters you can do so by clicking on the link below:




Closing date for submissions Monaghan County Council is 17th June 2021.

Environmental Services Funding Scheme 2021

Monaghan County Council

Environmental Services Funding Scheme 2021

Environmental Services Funding Scheme 2021

Monaghan County Council is committed to supporting local communities to promote, enhance and develop their local area. This commitment is supported by the annual Environmental Funding Scheme.

We are now inviting applications for the 2021 funding scheme.


Please note this funding is only for Environmental related projects.


Funding is available for the following only:


  • Environmental Supports.

Guidelines on criteria and application forms for the Environmental Services Funding Scheme 2021 can be requested:

  • By downloading the forms

Environment Fund Application Form 2021 (MS Word)

Environment Grant Scheme Guidelines 2021 (MS Word)

Supplier Set Up 2021 (MS Word)



Additional Information

  • For information on specific projects and eligibility please contact Sharon Finnegan, Environmental Awareness Officer – 042 9661240 or





Your Country Your Waste

“Your Country Your Waste”

National communication campaign recently launched by Government of Ireland, My Waste and Local Authorities, calls on all citizens to get involved in the fight against illegal dumping and fly tipping in Ireland.  A tailored suite of information and awareness messaging for promotional use by your community, school or voluntary group, may be accessed by visiting

Your Country Your Waste

Bulky Goods Disposal: 50% Price Reduction

Bulky Goods Disposal: 50% price reduction extended for a further two weeks. Ends Saturday September 12th 2020
Monaghan County Council through the Anti-Dumping Initiative 2020, funded by the Government of Ireland, is reducing the cost of disposing bulky goods at Carrickmacross and Scotch Corner Recycling Centre by 50%.

For more details and new pricing structure check out or

Bulky Goods Disposal: 50% Price Reduction

It’s Not In our Nature – Is it in Yours? Let’s tackle illegal dumping!

It’s Not In our Nature – Is it in Yours? Let’s tackle illegal dumping!

To continue to tackle illegal dumping, an integrated campaign ‘It’s not in our nature, is it in Yours? using social media, local radio and press was delivered in 9 counties in the Connacht Ulster Waste Region over the summer.  This campaign supported the ongoing efforts of Local Authorities in cleaning up illegally dumped waste material.  The campaign is being coordinated by the Connacht Ulster Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authority (CU WERLA).

To date, numerous clean ups have taken place and speaking on behalf of the Connacht Ulster Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authority, Sean Scott, Regional Co-Ordinator said, ‘Our overall aim is to eliminate unsightly illegal dumps and further protect our environment both in rural and urban settings as well as engaging with the public to ensure that areas remain clean once clean-ups have taken place’. ‘Significant costs are associated with cleaning up illegally dumped waste and there is an onus on all citizens to dispose of waste in the correct manner.  Going forward, it is hoped that the use of technology including drones as well as overt and covert surveillance equipment will become more effective and act as a deterrent’ said Mr. Scott.


Mr Scott also pointed out that Byelaws are being introduced in every Local Authority across the region in relation to the regulation storage, presentation and collection of household waste.   The bye-laws govern a range of issues, including obliging consumers to participate in an authorised waste collection service (or provide documentary proof on what alternative means they use to dispose of their waste) and encouraging greater segregation of waste to reduce volumes of residual waste collected.


The Connacht Ulster Waste Region campaign It’s Not in Our Nature – Is it in Yours? – creating awareness of the issues of illegal dumping is coordinated by the Connacht Ulster Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authority.  It is supported by the Connacht Ulster Waste Region and funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.   A dedicated website called is available to assist householders with the management of waste, for example providing details on what can and cannot be recycled, recycling, bring bank locations, civic amenity site locations etc.

For further information please contact: or check out 

It’s Not In our Nature – Is it in Yours? Let’s tackle illegal dumping!


Draft Waste Bye-Laws 2019

Pursuant to Section 35(1) of the Waste Management Act 1996 as amended and Section 199(1) of the Local Government Act 2001 as amended and in accordance with Part 19 of the Local Government Act 2001 as amended, Monaghan County Council proposes to make a bye-law entitled ‘County of Monaghan (Segregation, Storage and Presentation of Household and Commercial Waste) Bye-Laws, 2019.

The purpose of making the bye-law is to ensure that households and businesses provide evidence of participation in an authorised waste collection service, use approved receptacles and storage, appropriately segregate waste and remove hazardous waste and ensure that an orderly waste collection is carried out in County Monaghan.

The penalties proposed for contravention of the bye-law is a fixed payment notice of €75 to be paid within 21 days and failing payment of the fixed penalty notice a maximum penalty on conviction of €2,500. Penalties for continued offences post-conviction are also provided for.

A copy of the proposed bye-law is available for inspection at the offices of Environmental Services, Monaghan County Council, Riverside Road, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan between the hours of 9am –, Monday to Friday for an eight-week period from Thursday 10th  October  until the 5th December  2019 or at the link below. A copy of the draft bye-law may be obtained by any person on the payment to Monaghan County Council of such fee (if any) as the local authority fixes not exceeding the reasonable cost of copying it.


Dréacht Fhodhlíthe (Dramhaíl Teaghlaigh Agus Tráchtála A Leithlisiú, A Stóráil Agus A Thabhairt I Láthair), 2019 (PDF)

Draft Waste Presentation Bye Laws 2019 (PDF)


Monaghan County Council will consider any submissions in relation to the draft bye-law which are submitted in writing to:

Nial O’Connor

Administrative Officer

Environment Section,

Monaghan County Council,

Riverside Road


Co. Monaghan


Or by email to


for a further period ending on 12th  December 2019 at 5pm. It is also proposed through the above Bye-Laws to revoke existing Bye-Laws entitled “County of Monaghan (Collection, storage and presentation of waste and certain related waste management matters) Bye-Laws 2008.


Tá cóip den Dréacht-Fhodhlíthe le fail as Gaeilge agus fáiltíonn an Comhairle roimh aighneacht i nGaeilge .


Adge King

Director of Services



2019 Community Environment Action Fund

2019 Community Environment Action Fund

 Do you have a project or initiative that could help to increase awareness of environmental issues locally, or that could help your community to become more sustainable?

If so, you may qualify for financial assistance from the

2019 Community Environment Action Fund (previously called Local Agenda 21 Fund). This Fund promotes sustainable development by assisting small scale, non-profit environmental projects at local level.

Does Your Project Qualify?

Projects should focus on environmental awareness and actions which support and complement national environmental policies such as those on waste, biodiversity, water conservation and climate change.

A wide variety of projects and schemes have been supported under the Fund in previous years, including community gardens and allotments, compost schemes, rainwater harvesting, biodiversity projects, waste reduction initiatives, educational initiatives and environmental exhibitions. Lists of previously funded projects can be viewed online at:

Depending on number of applications the maximum grant is expected to be in the region of €1,500

 How to Apply

Application forms are available here:  Community Environment Action Fund Application Form 2019 (MS Word)

or directly from Environment Services, Monaghan County Council, Carrickmacross, Civic Offices, Carrickmacross. 042 9661240 contact person: Mary McCoy

Applications must be made no later than 5pm Friday 27 September, 2019,  on an official application form to the above address or via email to

 For general information on the Fund or to discuss a project contact Moira Kelly 042 9661240


A King

Director of Services


Gum Litter Taskforce Launch 2019

Gum Litter Taskforce Launch 2019

On Friday 28th June 2019 in Monaghan Town, Leas Cathaoirleach of Monaghan County Council Seamus Treanor officially launched the Gum Litter Taskforce’s gum litter education campaign. The Gum Litter Taskforce (GLT) has been successful to date in changing the public’s behaviour by encouraging correct gum disposal through a targeted education and awareness campaign. The 2018 campaign maintained an all-time high of 93% of people stating that they regard chewing gum as litter, up from 74% when the campaign first began in 2007.  This points to the attitudinal impact which the campaign has had to date.

Speaking at the launch, Leas Cathaoirleach Seamus Treanor said; “The Gum Litter Taskforce’s gum litter education campaign is a fantastic initiative which harnesses community spirit and channels it towards achieving a common goal, that of ridding our streets of littered gum. I am delighted to see local communities from right across the county coming together again this year under the GLT banner in an effort to make a positive change within their respective localities. The GLT campaign has made some very positive inroads to date on this issue and I hope that the campaign will continue to do so again this year.”