I’d say it was an idea inspired by the recent decommissioning of the Syrian chemical weapons. Somebody high up in the Department of Agriculture had a flash of genius – why don’t we do something similar in Ireland? Like shouldn’t we have an unofficial amnesty for the disposal of expired hazardous waste that has built up on farms?

And so the Pilot Farm Hazardous Waste Scheme was born. Six one-day bring centres were convened around the country, with a nominal charge of €2 per kg for hazardous waste. It was organised as a state multi-agency approach with a whole host of officials involved.