- Aarhus Convention
- Access to Information on the Environment
- Environmental Radiation
- LIFE Programme
- Environment Technology Action Plan (ETAP)
- Genetically Modified Organisms
- North/South Unit
- Local Agenda 21
- EU & International Unit
- Sustainable Development
- Environmental Liability Directive Consultation Process
- Emergency Planning
- Environmental Assessment
- Industrial Emissions
- Mét Éireann
- UNECE Protocol on PRTRs Public Consultation
Waste Management Plans
Among the measures contained in "A Resource Opportunity – Waste Management Policy In Ireland" which will play an important role in the provision of effective and efficient delivery of waste management services is the reduction in the number of waste management planning regions from 10 to 3. The County and City Managers Association confirmed the composition of the three new Waste Management Planning Regions - which correspond with the regional structures set out in the Government’s Action Programme for Effective Local Government - and ratified the Lead Authorities tasked with developing new plans for the three Waste Management Planning Regions.
The new Waste Management Planning Regions are as follows:
Cavan, Donegal, Galway City, Galway County, Leitrim, Mayo, Monaghan, Roscommon, Sligo
Mayo County Council
Dublin City, Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown, Fingal, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, South Dublin, Wicklow, Westmeath
Dublin City Council
Carlow, Clare, Cork City, Cork County, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford
In accordance with Section 22 of the Waste Management Act, 1996 and the Waste Management (Planning) Regulations, 1997, the Lead Authorities, as set out in the table above, gave notice of the intention to commence the preparation of New Regional Waste Management Plans on 10 October, 2013.
Notice of Intention to Commence Preparation of Regional Waste Plans (pdf, 45kb)
Under Part II of the 1996 Waste Management Act 1996 :
- local authorities are required to make waste management plans in respect of their functional areas, and
- the EPA is required to make a national hazardous waste management plan.
The statutory objective of these plans is to -
- prevent or minimise the production and harmful nature of waste,
- encourage and support the recovery of waste,
- ensure that such waste as cannot be prevented or recovered is safely disposed of, and
- address the need to give effect to the polluter pays principle, in relation to waste disposal.
Local authorities reviewed the existing 10 Regional Waste Management Plans by the end of 2012. It is evident from the plans that local authorities have been guided by the various policy statements on waste. In particular, the plans make provision for the development of an integrated waste management infrastructure, including
- "kerbside" collection of recyclable materials in urban areas;
- "bring" facilities for recyclable materials in rural areas;
- civic amenity sites and waste transfer stations;
- biological treatment of "green" and organic household waste;
- materials recovery facilities;
- recycling capacity for construction and demolition waste; thermal treatment facilities; and
- residual landfill requirements.
The country was divided into 10 regions for waste management purposes and the existing 10 waste management plans (external link) are available on the EPA website.
Under the Waste Management Act 1996, as amended, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required to make a national hazardous waste management plan which, among other things, deals with the prevention of hazardous waste and the setting of targets towards this goal, identifying facilities currently available for the collection, recovery or disposal of hazardous wastes, and make recommendations regarding infrastructure, waste facilities and other physical resources considered to be necessary for the management of these wastes.
A copy of the EPA National Hazardous Wast Management Plan (external link) is available from the EPA website.
The National Hazardous Waste Management Plan must be reviewed every five years. The Environmental Protection Agency is now reviewing the Plan and the first two elements of the review process, a) the preparation of a Strategy Study and b) the preparation of a Strategic Environmental Assessment consultation, are well progressed.
Further information on the review of the National Hazardous Waste Management Plan (external link)
- A Resource Opportunity - Waste Management Policy in Ireland (pdf, 5,389 kb)
- Waste Management Changing Our Ways - Policy Statement (pdf, 725 kb)
- Preventing and Recycling Waste - Delivering Change - Main (pdf, 1,344 kb)
- Preventing and Recycling Waste - Delivering Change - Plain Guide (pdf, 1,257 kb)
- Waste Management - Taking Stock and Moving Forward (pdf, 737 kb)
- National Overview of Waste Management Plans (pdf, 166 kb)
- WEEE and the Consumer (pdf, 522 kb)
- WEEE and the Retailer (pdf, 233 kb)
- National Litter Pollution Monitoring System - Results 2006 (pdf, 1,475 kb)
- Point of Sale Signage for Retailers of Electrical Goods (pdf, 11 kb)
- Section 60 Policy Direction Consultation Advert (pdf, 24 kb)
- Hennessy Report (Redacted) (pdf, 3,808 kb)
- Minutes of meeting with Filmco Ltd 28th Mar 2011 (Redacted) (doc, 40 kb)
- Review Of The Producer Responsibility Initiative Model In Ireland. Consultation Document. (doc, 157 kb)
- Anti Litter & Anti Graffiti grants 2013 (doc, 160 kb)
- more publications
- 28/11/13: Speech by Phil Hogan at The National Waste Summit
- 10/10/13: Ministers welcome new UN Treaty on Mercury
- 06/08/13: Hogan raises concerns on bin charges with Consumer Agency
- 01/07/13: Bulky Waste Reuse Study published by Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan and Minister for the Environment, Alex Attwood