Public Consultations

Public Consultations


Exporting a Resource Opportunity - Discussion Paper
Draft European Union (Batteries and Accumulators)(Amendment) Regulations 2015
Review of the Producer Responsibility Initiative Model in Ireland
Regulation of Household Waste Collection
Report on Tyres & Waste Tyres in the Producer Responsibility Initiative sector in Ireland
Report on End of Life Vehicles (ELVs) in the Producer Responsibility Initiative sector in Ireland
Report on Consideration of Introduction of Packaging Levy in Ireland
Extended Producer Responsibilty Guidance
Report on Corporate Governance in Producer Responsibility Initiative Sector in Ireland
Review of the European Waste Management Targets
Green Paper on European Strategy on Plastic Waste
Amendment to Waste Permit Facility Regulations
Review Of The Producer Responsibilty Initiative Model In Ireland

Development of End Of Waste Criteria for Waste Plastic for Conversion
Development of End of Waste Criteria for Biodegradable Waste subject to Biological Treatment
A New National Waste Policy
Reorganising Household Waste Collection
Possible Packaging Levy
Draft Statement of Waste Policy
Draft Regulations Requiring the Provision of Food Waste Collections
Re-Opening of  Consultation on Proposed Section 60 Policy Direction
Invitation for Submissions 

Submission received 2012 
More Submissions Received 2011
Submissions Received 2010

 

 

Exporting a Resource Opportunity - Discussion Paper

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government invites comments from interested parties on the discussion paper ‘Exporting a Resource Opportunity?  Measures to Maximize Resource Efficiency and Jobs in Ireland’

Please note that the paper is subject to consultation for a period of approximately three months. Comments should be submitted by email or by post to the address below.  Comments received may be made available publicly on the Department's website. Comments must be received, at the latest, by Monday 29 February 2016.

Please note that all submissions and comments submitted to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government for this purpose may be subject to release under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 and the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations 2007 to 2014.

By email:  WPPR@environ.ie

By post: 

Waste Policy & Resource Efficiency Section,
Department of Environment, Community and Local Government,
Newtown Road,
Wexford,
Co. Wexford

 

Draft European Union (Batteries and Accumulators) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government invites submissions on the recently published draft European Union (Batteries and Accumulators) (Amendment) Regulations 2015.

The draft regulations may be viewed at:

Draft European Union (Batteries and Accumulators)(Amendment) Regulations 2015 (doc, 30kb)

Comments should be forwarded, to arrive by 5.45pm on 1 May 2015, to:
Batteries and Accumulators Consultation
Waste Policy and Resource Efficiency Section
Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government
Newtown Road
Wexford

Email: pri@environ.ie

Please note that all submissions and comments submitted to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government for this purpose are subject to release under the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 and the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 to 2011. They may also be published on the Department’s website.

Information Note

The Batteries and Accumulators and Waste Batteries and Accumulators Directive (2006/66/EC) (the Directive) was introduced to improve the environmental performance of batteries and accumulators and to minimise the impact that waste batteries and accumulators have on the environment. The Directive also imposes targets for the collection, treatment, recycling and disposal of waste batteries in an environmentally sound manner in order to reduce the disposal of batteries and accumulators in the municipal waste stream.

The Directive also seeks to restrict the use of cadmium and mercury in the design and manufacture of new batteries with the exception of: (i) batteries intended for use in cordless power tools (CPTs) and (ii) button cells with a mercury content of less than 2% by weight;

The Directive is implemented in Ireland through the European Union (Batteries and Accumulators) Regulations 2014, (S.I. No. 283 of 2014) which consolidated previous legislation that transposed the Directive and subsequent amendments made to the Directive since 2008.

It was a requirement of the Directive that the European Commission reviews the exemption allowing cadmium to be used in batteries for CPTs. As a result of this review, the Commission published in March 2012 its proposal for a directive that would remove the exemption for cadmium in batteries intended for use in CPTs. Negotiations under the Irish Presidency of the European Council resulted in a further amendment being added that removes the exemption for button cells with a mercury content of less than 2% by weight.

Directive 2013/56/EU (the 2013 Directive), which amends the Directive, was published on 10 December 2013 coming into force on 30 December 2013. Regulations transposing the new requirements of the 2013 Directive need to be made by July 2015 and an amendment is therefore required to the 2014 Regulations.

The 2013 Directive extends the ban on the placing on the market of portable batteries and accumulators containing cadmium to portable batteries and accumulators intended for use in CPTs. These batteries previously benefitted from an exemption. This exemption is removed by the 2013 Directive. In order to enable the recycling industry and consumers to adapt to the relevant substitute technologies, this ban will apply from 1 January 2017.

The 2013 Directive also prohibits the marketing of button cells with a mercury content of less than 2% by weight. Again, these button cells previously benefitted from an exemption that has been removed by the 2013 Directive. This ban will apply from 1 October 2015 and the Commission will report to the European Parliament and to the Council on the availability of alternatives to button cells for hearing aids. Batteries and accumulators lawfully placed on the market for the first time prior to the respective bans can still be marketed until stocks are exhausted.

 

 

 

 

Consultation on the report on the Review of the Producer Responsibility Initiative Model in Ireland

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government invites comments from interested parties on the final report on the Review of the Producer Responsibility Initiative Model in Ireland.

Please note that the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Batteries chapters of the report are subject to consultation for a period of one month. Comments should be submitted by email or by post to the address below.  Comments received may be made available publicly on the Department's website. Comments must be received, at the latest, by Tuesday 5th August 2014.

In regard to the remainder of the report, comments must be received, at the latest, by Monday 15th September 2014. Comments should be submitted by email or by post to the address below and submissions received may be made available publicly on the Department's website.

Please note that all submissions and comments submitted to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government for this purpose may be subject to release under the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 to 2003 and the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations (2007).

By email:  prireview@environ.ie
By post:  Waste Policy & Resource Efficiency Section,
Department of Environment, Community and Local Government,
Newtown Road,
Wexford,
Co. Wexford

 

 

Consultation on the Regulation of Household Waste Collection

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government invites comments from interested parties on theRegulation of Household Waste Collection.

Comments should be submitted by email or by post to the address below.  Comments received may be made available publicly on the Department's website. Comments must be received, at the latest, by Friday 31st January 2014.

The Regulation of Household Waste Collection - Consultation Document (doc, 828kb)


Please note that all submissions and comments submitted to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government for this purpose may be subject to release under the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 to 2003 and the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations (2007) and may be placed on the Department’s website.

by email:  household.waste@environ.ie
by post:  Household Waste Consultation,
Waste Policy & Resource Efficiency Section,
Department of Environment, Community and Local Government,
Newtown Road,
Wexford,
Co. Wexford

 

 

Consultation on the report on Tyres & Waste Tyres in the Producer Responsibility Initiative sector in Ireland

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government invites comments from interested parties on thereport on Corporate Governance in the Producer Responsibility Initiative sector in Ireland.

The report was produced as part of the on-going review of the Producer Responsibility Initiative model in Ireland which the Minister launched in July 2012

Review of the Producer Responsibility Initiative Model in Ireland - Section 9: Tyres and Waste Tyres (pdf, 2,175kb)

Comments should be submitted by email or by post to the address below.  Comments received may be made available publicly on the Department's website. Comments must be received, at the latest, by Friday 31st January 2014.

Please note that all submissions and comments submitted to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government for this purpose may be subject to release under the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 to 2003 and the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations (2007) and may be placed on the Department’s website.

by email:  prireview@environ.ie
by post:  Waste Policy & Resource Efficiency Section,
Department of Environment, Community  and Local Government,
Newtown Road,
Wexford,
Co. Wexford

 

Consultation on the report on End of Life Vehicles (ELVs) in the Producer Responsibility Initiative sector in Ireland

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government invites comments from interested parties on thereport on End of Life Vehicles (ELVs) in the Producer Responsibility Initiative sector in Ireland.

The report was produced as part of the on-going review of the Producer Responsibility Initiative model in Ireland which the Minister launched in July 2012

Review of the Producer Responsibility Initiative Model in Ireland - ELV Producer Responsibility Initiative (pdf, 1,469)

Comments should be submitted by email or by post to the address below.  Comments received may be made available publicly on the Department's website. Comments must be received, at the latest, by Friday 31st January 2014.

Please note that all submissions and comments submitted to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government for this purpose may be subject to release under the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 to 2003 and the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations (2007) and may be placed on the Department’s website.

by email:  prireview@environ.ie
by post:  Waste Policy & Resource Efficiency Section,
Department of Environment, Community  and Local Government,
Newtown Road,
Wexford,
Co. Wexford

 

Consultation on the Report on the Consideration of the Introduction of a Packaging Levy in Ireland

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government invites comments from interested parties on thereport on the consideration of the introduction of a Packaging Levy in Ireland.

The report was produced as part of the on-going review of the Producer Responsibility Initiative model in Ireland which the Minister launched in July 2012

Comments should be submitted by email or by post to the address below.  Comments received may be made available publicly on the Department's website. Comments must be received, at the latest, by Friday 25th October 2013.

Please note that all submissions and comments submitted to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government for this purpose may be subject to release under the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 to 2003 and the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations (2007) and may be placed on the Department’s website.

by email:  prireview@environ.ie
by post:  Environmental Policy & Awareness Section,
Department of Environment, Community  and Local Government,
Newtown Road,
Wexford,
Co. Wexford

 

 

 

Consultation on Extended Producer Responsibility Guidance

 

The Department will be holding a consultation on Extended Producer Responsibility Guidance from today Tuesday 1st October 2013 until Tuesday 29th October 2013. 

Background: Bio Intelligence Study on Guidance for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

This consultation will inform the Department’s position on a study which is being conducted by Bio Intelligence Services  for the EU Commission to develop principles which will be the basis of future guidance for Extended Producer Responsibility at a European level.

The study commenced in January 2013 and is due to be completed at the end of February 2014. Once the study has been completed it may lead to new guidance for Producer Responsibility waste streams across the EU or possibly some legally binding measures. It will be vital for any interested parties to respond to the Department’s consultation process in order to inform the Department’s response to the Bio Intelligence study prior to the study being finalised and published.  

The study has four main stages: 1)  the selection of 36 case studies across 6 waste streams; 2) the realisation of the case studies (gathering of information); 3) feedback from stakeholders (review of case studies – this is the current stage) and 4) the final stage – the synthesis and finalisation of the report. 

The two main objectives of the study are to analyse and compare existing PRI schemes in operation across Europe (Batteries; End of Life Vehicles; Graphic Paper; Packaging; Oils and WEEE) and to identify good practices and guiding principles for their further development. These guiding principles could be used by the EU Commission as the basis of guidance on EPR or possibly legally binding measures.  The study is using 36 case studies from 17 Member States (including how WEEE is managed in Ireland) as the basis for the development of good practices and principles.

A stakeholders workshop was held in Brussels on the 18th of September 2013 and discussed 4 main topics which the case studies and stakeholder feedback had so far identified.

The four topics were:

  1. Organisational aspects and share of responsibilities between stakeholders:
    ‘Operational Responsibility’ means a PRI where the producers subcontract activities to professional waste collectors. ‘Financial Responsibility’ means situations where the waste management on a practical level is left to the local authority but the PRI finance them to a degree. One question which arose during the workshop was: What features should a good PRI /EPR have in terms of financial and operational responsibility?
  2. True Cost Principle and Cost Coverage:
    The True Cost Principle is whether the fees paid by producers should reflect the actual end of life costs of the producer’s products. ‘Cost Coverage’ means whether a compliance scheme should cover all end of life costs or should the burden be shared with other stakeholders. Questions about this topic which arose during the workshop included:  What costs should producer fees cover; should they depend on the costs of the items being covered such as waste prevention or communication or awareness raising and should the fee cover the costs of target attainment or perhaps costs beyond that such as accounting for geographic coverage of a PRI/EPR?
  3. Fair Competition:
    This topic concerns compliance schemes or Producer Responsibility Organisations (PROs) – the number of them in each waste stream ‘market’ and how much do they contribute to fair competition in the waste sector. A question that was discussed at the workshop was do you have a preference for a centralised organisation or should the market be left to organise itself?
  4. Transparency and Control:
    This area focused on the need to determine an optimum level of transparency on the costs of PROs and how to improve reporting on PRI/EPR schemes across Europe.  Questions asked at the workshop included: What information on costs and recycling performance should be made public and what should the EU do to control ‘free riders’; Should there be controls on collection and treatment operations and should PROs (Producer Responsibility Organisations) be encouraged?

The remainder of the project will be focused on finalising the case studies; collecting feedback from stakeholders on good practices and guiding principles for EPR and finalising the Report.

Progress on the study and the latest documents (external link) can be seen on the project’s website.            

Comments on the study can also be sent to Bio Intelligence directly by emailing: guidance-epr@biois.com

Making a Submission

The Department will be responding in early November to Bio Intelligence Services and wishes to provide a fully informed response to ensure Ireland’s views are taken into account when the study is being finalised. Therefore this consultation is being held to gather the views of both stakeholders and interested parties about what principles should be used in developing any EPR guidance.

The consultation period starts today Tuesday 1st of October and runs until Tuesday 29th  of October 2013. It would be appreciated if all observations or submissions could be submitted by email to: pri@environ.ie or by post to:

Consultation on Extended Producer Responsibility Guidance
Waste Policy and Resource Efficiency Section
Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government
Second Floor
Newtown Road
Wexford  

Please note that all submissions and comments submitted to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government for this purpose may be subject to release under the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 to 2003 and the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations (2007) and may be placed on the Department’s website.

 

 

Consultation on the Report on Corporate Governance in the Producer Responsibility Initiative sector in Ireland

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government invites comments from interested parties on thereport on Corporate Governance in the Producer Responsibility Initiative sector in Ireland.

The report was produced as part of the on-going review of the Producer Responsibility Initiative model in Ireland which the Minister launched in July 2012.

Report on Corporate Governance in the Producer Responsibility Initiative sector in Ireland (pdf, 647kb)

Comments should be submitted by email or by post to the address below.  Comments received may be made available publicly on the Department's website. Comments must be received, at the latest, by 31st August 2013.

Please note that all submissions and comments submitted to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government for this purpose may be subject to release under the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 to 2003 and the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations (2007) and may be placed on the Department’s website.

by email:  prireview@environ.ie 
post:  Environmental Policy & Awareness Section,
Department of Environment, Community  and Local Government,
Newtown Road,
Wexford,
Co. Wexford

 

 

Consultation on the Review of the European Waste Management Targets

 

Period of consultation
From 04.06.2013 to 10.09.2013

Objective of the consultation
The Targets Review Project has been commissioned by DG Environment at the European Commission. The project is aimed at identifying the issues and proposing possible solutions to the targets in the Waste Framework Directive, the Landfill Directive and the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. The basis for the review of the targets is twofold: on the one hand it is to respond to the review clauses set out in the Directives and, on the other, to bring these targets in line with the Commission's ambitions of promoting resource efficiency as detailed in the Roadmap on Resource Efficiency (external link), the aspirations for which have been included as part of the Commission's proposal for a 7th Environmental Action Programme (external link).

The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government's submission as part of the Targets Review Project is available below:-

Targets Review Project - Department's Submission (pdf, 73kb)

 

European Commission Green Paper on a European Strategy on Plastic Waste in the Environment

The Commission has circulated a Green Paper to launch a broad reflection on possible responses to the public policy challenges posed by plastic waste which are at present not specifically addressed in EU waste legislation. The follow-up to the Green Paper will be an integral part of the wider review of the waste legislation that will be completed in 2014. This review will look at the existing targets for waste recovery and landfill as well as an ex-post evaluation of five directives covering various waste streams.

Green Paper on a European Strategy on Plastic Waste in the Environment (external link)

Member States, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and all other interested parties are invited to submit their views on the suggestions set out in this Green Paper. Contributions should be sent to the following address to reach the Commission by 7 June 2013 at the latest:

 Responsible service: European Commission, Directorate General for the Environment, Unit C.2 – Waste Management
 E-mail:  ENV-PLASTIC-GREEN-PAPER@ec.europa.eu

Postal address:  European Commission
DG Environment, Unit C.2 Waste Management
1049 Brussels
Belgium

 

 

 

Consultation on proposed amendment to Waste Facility Permit  Regulations

 

Mr. Phil Hogan T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, in the context of the rise in the number of cases of metal theft, has reviewed the waste licensing and permitting legislation, to put in place measures to ensure traceability and to avoid situations that might be exploited by criminal elements.  In this regard, draft amending regulations known as the Waste Management (Facility Permit and Registration) (Amendment) Regulations (pdf, 29kb) are now being put forward for public consultation. 

Main points of proposed Amendments

In order to achieve full traceability of waste received, ensure full compliance with the provisions of the Waste Management Act, and to counter the trade in stolen metal, it is proposed to amend the Facility Permit Regulation 2007 to create the following additional requirements on all permitted facilities when receiving/purchasing waste:

(a) prohibit cash payments in respect of material received;
(b) prohibit the purchase of metals which have been damaged by fire;
(c) require the production of proof of identity and current address of the person supplying the material,
(d) require records to be kept of the registration number and waste collection permit number of the delivery vehicle,
(e) require records to be kept describing the materials, time and date of sale, weight and amount paid etc.
(f) require a signed statement by the person supplying the material that they are the lawful owner of the material or have the consent of the lawful owner to sell the material.
 

Consultation Period

Comments and submissions in relation to the proposed Waste Management (Facility Permit and Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 can be sent to the Department, by email or by post, to the following contacts by Friday 14 December 2012.

Email address: wasteconsultation@environ.ie

Postal Address:
Waste Policy Consultation
Waste Policy Section, Room 2.01
Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government,
Custom House,
Dublin 1.

Please note that all submissions and comments submitted to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government for this purpose are subject to release under the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003.

 

Review Of The Producer Responsibilty Initiative Model In Ireland

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (DECLG) has commenced a wide ranging review of the existing producer responsibility (PR) agreements which are currently in operation in Ireland and wishes to explore the potential for the introduction of additional producer responsibility initiatives to help Ireland to meet its environmental obligations.

 

This review will examine:

 

  • The operation of the existing producer responsibility agreements;
  • the scope for additional measures to improve the effectiveness of the existing producer responsibility agreements; and
  • the potential to introduce further producer responsibility initiatives for the management of additional waste streams.

 

The overall purpose of this review is to assess the nature and level of the challenges which are currently facing the existing Producer Responsibility Agreements as well as the forthcoming challenges that are expected to arise in the management of various waste streams. It is anticipated that the findings and recommendations from the review will form the basis for the development of robust producer responsibility initiatives that will enable Ireland to operate successfully in meeting our domestic and EU environmental obligations in the medium to long term.

Comments and submissions can be sent to the Department by e mail (or by post) to the following contacts by 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 25th July 2012.

 

E mail:             prireview@environ.ie

 

Post:                Consultation on the Review of the Producer Responsibility Initiative

Model in Ireland,

                        Environment Policy & Awareness Section,   

                        Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government,

                        Newtown Road,

                        Co. Wexford.

 

Development of End Of Waste Criteria for Waste Plastic for Conversion

As you may be aware a legal framework to govern “end-of-waste status” for specific waste types has been created under Article 6 of Revised Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC. The benefits of this approach include supporting recycling markets, increasing recycling (with consequent saving of material resources, energy and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions) and improving the implementation of waste management law. This is to be achieved by setting quality criteria for specific secondary raw materials via Community legislation that is legally binding in its application to all Member States, harmonising the various criteria to be used by Member States across the EU, thereby creating legal certainty and reducing administrative burden.

In 2011 the European Commission set up a Technical Working Group (TWG) for the development of technical proposals on end-of-waste criteria for waste plastic for conversion. The purpose of the TWG is to support the European Commission in preparing measures with specific criteria under Article 6 of the Waste Framework Directive (WFD - 2008/98/EC). The work of the group was managed by the JRC-IPTS of the European Commission. The Commission has indicated that it may propose, on the basis of this work, legislation governing the application of end of waste criteria for waste plastic for conversion under the regulatory procedure referred to in Articles 6(2) and 39(2) of the WFD ('comitology').

The TWG met twice (November 2011 & May 2012) in workshop format and used as a starting point a working document developed by the IPTS. The two workshops focused on the development of the document which contains technical proposals on end-of-waste criteria for waste plastic for conversion. 

The Department is now inviting comments on the attached working document which has been prepared by JRC-IPTS of the European Commission.   The proposed criteria are outlined in Chapter 3 with a summarised version in Annex VI.  The Department is inviting views/comments on the proposals and would particularly draw attention to the following:-

  • Scope- the document limits scope to mechanical recycling (chemical or feedstock recycling not included).  Please note that mechanical and chemical/feedstock recycling are defined in the document. 
  • Appropriate input materials - proposed negative list approach which means  that certain items will be excluded. However it is proposed in the document to only exclude healthcare waste.  Should other input be excluded?
  • Product quality  - in particular is the suggested non plastic component( p 141)  of less than 1% appropriate?  (Note non plastic means any material which is not plastic but excludes materials that are integral constituents of the plastic structure such as fillers and reinforcements).  Non hazardousness and how this should be determined?   In particular the relationship to REACH and CLP ( p 145)
  • Processes and Techniques ( p 150) – should these be more specific e.g. specify size reduction to a maximum size,  prescribe polymer specific or origin specific minimum treatments?
  • Provision of information – i.e. what in your opinion is required to demonstrate that EoW criteria have been satisfied?  See Section 3.5 of document. 
  • Quality Management – would you endorse a requirement to join EuCertPlast or similar scheme as a requirement? ( see page 159). 

Furthermore your response to the questions posed throughout the document would provide us with very useful information. 

It is important when submitting comments that consideration is always given to the 4 basic conditions for End of Waste as they have been defined in Article 6 of the Waste Framework Directive (Directive 2008/98/EC):

‘Certain specified waste shall cease to be waste within the meaning of point (1) of
Article 3 when it has undergone a recovery, including recycling, operation and
complies with specific criteria to be developed in accordance with the following
conditions:

(a) the substance or object is commonly used for specific purposes;
(b) a market or demand exists for such a substance or object;
(c) the substance or object fulfils the technical requirements for the specific purposes
and meets the existing legislation and standards applicable to products; and
(d) the use of the substance or object will not lead to overall adverse environmental
or human health impacts.

The criteria shall include limit values for pollutants where necessary and shall take
into account any possible adverse environmental effects of the substance or object.’

Submissions and comments on this draft Working Document are invited from Industry and other interested parties and should be forwarded in writing or by email, to the address indicated below by Friday 22nd June, 2012.  Please ensure that all correspondence is clearly marked with “ End of Waste Criteria for Waste Plastic for Conversion”

Email: jean.clarke@environ.ie

Post:  Waste Policy Section
End of Waste Criteria for Waste Plastic for Conversion,
Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
Custom House
Dublin 1

Please not that all submissions and comments submitted to the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government for this purpose are subject to release under the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003. 

 

 

Development of End of Waste Criteria for Biodegradable Waste subject to Biological Treatment

 

The Department is seeking submissions/comments on the attached working document 'Technical report for End-of-waste criteria on Biodegradable waste subject to biological treatment'. For additional information and details on the areas under consideration please refer to the attached document 'Consultation - Development of EoW Criteria for Biodegradable Waste'

Submissions and comments on this draft document are invited from Industry and other interested parties and should be forwarded in writing or by email, to the address indicated below by Tuesday the 20th of December 2011. Please ensure that all correspondence is clearly marked with ‘End of Waste Criteria for Biodegradable Waste Consultation’

Email:
eoghan.coughlan@environ.ie

Post:
Waste Policy Section,
End of Waste Criteria for Biodegradable Waste Consultation,
Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government,       
Room 2.01,
Custom House,
Dublin 1.

Tel: +353 (0) 1 888 2474

Please note that all submissions and comments submitted to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government for this purpose are subject to release under the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003.

Technical Report for EoW Criteria on Biodegradable Waste subject to Biological Treatment

Consultation - Development of EoW Criteria for Biodegradable Waste

A New National Waste Policy - Discussion Document

The Programme for Government commits to putting in place a national waste policy that will adhere to the EU waste hierarchy and deliver a coherent approach to waste management, minimising the waste going to landfill and maximising resource recovery.

 

The discussion document (available in English and Irish) has been prepared against that background. It is designed to promote discussion and debate and to provide an opportunity for all interested parties to input into the development of a policy framework that will shape our approach to waste management for the next decade and beyond. 

Launching the discussion document, Minister Hogan emphasised the importance of ensuring that the new policy is informed by a broad range of interests. “In addition to receiving the essential perspectives of analysts of waste policy and the waste industry itself, I am anxious also to receive the views of the public and those businesses and other organisations which are customers of waste services. The discussion document is not prescriptive - instead it sets out a range of possible policy initiatives and issues for wider consideration and presents a real opportunity for interested parties to contribute to shaping a new national waste policy”, commented the Minister.

Comments and submissions can be sent to the Department by email (or by post) to the following contacts by Friday 30 September 2011. It is intended that the finalised policy will be completed by end-2011.

Email: wasteconsultation@environ.ie

Post: Waste Policy Consultation Room 2.01,
Waste Policy Section,
Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government,
Custom House,
Dublin 1.

Towards a New National Waste Policy - Discussion Document 2011 (pdf, 227kb)

(An irish version of this document is available on the irish version of this site).

 Responses Received

 

Reorganising Household Waste Collection

Update: A large number of responses to the public consultation on household waste collection were received. On behalf of Minister Hogan, the Department thanks all consultees.

Responses Received

Mr Phil Hogan T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, has published a discussion document to help inform public consultation on the Government’s commitment to reorganise household waste collection.

The Programme for Government states that the Government will introduce competitive tendering for local household waste collection services. It is envisaged that service providers will bid to provide waste collection services in a given area, for a given period of time and to a guaranteed level of service.

Altering the Structure of Household Waste Collection Markets - Discussion Document (pdf, 279kb)

Responses to the discussion document are invited, which should be provided to the undersigned not later than Friday 2 September 2011, which is the close of the consultation period. All responses will  be published online. Responses may be sent by post or email.

By post:

Eoin Corrigan
Custom House
Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government
Dublin 1

By email: eoin_corrigan@environ.ie

 

Possible Packaging Levy

 

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government now wishes to begin a process of consultation with industry, other stakeholders and the public on a possible levy on packaging. The Programme for Government contains a commitment to drive a waste reduction programme as part of the overall policy in the area of a sustainable waste. One of the possible elements of this waste reduction strategy is a levy on packaging.

The main issues which it is intended to examine in this consultation are as follows:

  • The overall views by stakeholders on a packaging levy;
  • How a packaging levy might be operated;
  • International experiences of similar levies; and
  • How a possible packaging levy might be structured in order to contribute to a reduction in packaging waste.

We would now invite comments specifically addressing these topics; although respondents are also free to comment on any other aspects of this issue. Comments should be submitted by email or by post to the address below by 5pm Friday 5th August 2011.

Packaging Levy Consultation,
Environmental Policy and Awareness,
Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government,
Newtown Road,
Wexford.

Telephone: +353 (0)53 911 7438/7343/7374
Email:  packaginglevy@environ.ie

Please note that all submissions and comments submitted to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government for this purpose may be subject to release under the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 to 2003, the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations (2007) and may be placed on the Department’s website.

New Draft Statement of Waste Policy (closed)

The Programme for Government included a commitment to undertake an international review of waste management policy. An important milestone was reached late in 2009 with the delivery and publication of the report of the consultants engaged to carry out a study to underpin the review. 

The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government has prepared a new draft Statement of Waste Policy arising from the recommendations of the report.  The statement is designed to set a policy context which will ensure that waste management services are delivered by the public and private sectors in an environmentally progressive and cost efficient manner.

In advance of finalising the Statement of Waste Policy by Government, comments are invited from relevant stakeholders and any other interested parties. 

An irish version of the draft statement on waste policy is available on the irish version of our website.

Draft Regulations Requiring the Provision of Food Waste Collections (closed)

As part of the policy development process, the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government is prioritising the management of biodegradable waste.  Therefore, draft Regulations, which would have the effect of requiring authorised waste collectors to provide a food waste collection to households on a phased basis, are being published for public consultation.  Comments are invited from all interested parties. 

Draft Waste Management (Household Food Waste Collection) Regulations (doc, 89kb)

 

Reopening of Public Consultation on Proposed Section 60 Policy Direction on a proposed cap to incineration capacity as a proportion of municipal waste arisings (MSW) and other matters.   (closed)

 

In summer 2009, the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government conducted a public consultation on an Environmental Report, prepared by environmental consultants according to Strategic Environmental Assessment requirements, to inform the policy making process for waste management in respect of a proposed Section 60 policy direction to achieve the following objectives:

  1. to ensure that incineration capacity does not reach a level such that waste is drawn to incineration which could have been dealt with by prevention, reuse, recycling, composting/anaerobic digestion of source segregated biowaste, MBT or other methods higher up the waste hierarchy;
  2. to ensure that the waste hierarchy is complied with in that local authorities, as waste management authorities, do not direct holders of waste to deliver it to lower elements in the waste hierarchy, thereby preventing them acting in support of waste management options at the bottom of the hierarchy;
  3. to ensure that the waste hierarchy is complied with in that local authorities, as waste management authorities, could direct holders of waste to deliver it to higher elements in the waste hierarchy, thereby encouraging them to act in support of waste management options at the top of the hierarchy;
  4.  to minimise the air pollution arising from trucks accessing waste facilities in built-up areas;
  5. to ensure appropriate monitoring of air pollution in the vicinity of major waste facilities;
  6. to reduce air soil and water pollution from incineration and comply with the Stockholm Convention.

Section 60 Policy Direction Capping Incineration of Municipal Waste and Other Matters - Consultation Document (doc, 20,579kb)

Invitation for Submissions

In the context of the publication of the draft Statement of Waste Policy, the publication of the report of the International Review of Waste Policy and in advance of finalising the Strategic Environmental Assessment, relevant stakeholders and any other interested parties are invited to submit submissions or comments on the report’s recommendations or in the case of previous submissions, to update or submit additional material if required.

Copies of documents referred to can be obtained from –

Ms. Evelyn Downes,
Waste Policy Section,
Department of the Environment,
Heritage and Local Government,
Custom House,
Dublin 1.

Tel. (01) 888 2466
Fax. (01) 888 2994
Email: wasteconsultation@environ.ie

Submissions and comments on the Statement of Waste Policy, the draft Regulations and proposed Section 60 Policy Direction should be forwarded to the address indicated above.

All submissions should clearly identify the process to which they relate. In the case of submissions which address more than one process, these should be clearly delineated within the submission.

Please note that all submissions and comments submitted to the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government for this purpose are subject to release under the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003.

The closing date for receipt of submissions and comments is close of business on 1 October 2010.

Category 
Topic 
Sub topic