The Government has agreed that Level 5 (with some amendments) as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will continue to apply nationally until further notice. The Government has clearly stated that there is a continued need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

Please note that our library buildings have reopened to the public for Browsing Services and Contact & Collect since Monday, May 10th. Please see Library Page.

Consequently, and in line with current public health guidance, the Offices of Offaly County Council are closed for walk-in services to support this reduced mobility policy.

Public access cannot be facilitated during LEVEL 5 restrictions. Therefore, Offaly County Council services will be available by telephone, email, online post and only where absolutely necessary and in exceptional circumstances by appointment. Please read latest information.


Composting is the breakdown of organic material such as kitchen or garden waste by organisms that feed on the waste and convert it into an earth-like mass. The compost can then be used as a soil conditioner. Most garden waste, such as grass cuttings, hedge clippings, weeds, old plants and garden cuttings, vegetable wastes and fallen leaves can be composted. Kitchen waste like fruit and vegetable remains, tea bags and coffee grounds, flowers, crushed eggshells, newspaper and light cardboard can also be composted.

Home Composting

Items that CAN be composted

  • Teabags
  • Coffee grounds
  • Egg cartons
  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge clippings
  • Weeds
  • Old plants and garden cuttings
  • Vegetable wastes
  • Fallen leaves
  • Fruit and vegetable remains
  • Crushed egg shells
  • Newspapers
  • Light cardboard

Items that CANNOT be composted

  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Cooked food
  • Cat and dog waste.
  • Non biodegradable items - plastic, metals

290 litre Compost bins are available from Offaly County Council for €30 (incl. VAT) and Kitchen Kaddys are available for €3.00 (incl. VAT)
Payment can be made at the Cash Office in Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore OR by Credit/Laser card only at the recycling centres.
All bins can be collected from the recycling centres - receipt must be presented if payment made at Cash Office.