Eastern-Midlands Draft Regional Waste Management Plan - new region new vision

Galway to host National Launch of the Eastern-Midlands Draft Regional Waste Management Plan – new region new vision

For the purposes of waste management planning, Ireland is now divided into three regions: Eastern-Midlands, Southern & Connacht-Ulster. The preparation of new regional waste management plans for the regions has been underway since late 2013 following an evaluation of the previous plans which covered ten regions nationally.
The Eastern-Midlands Region encompasses the local authorities: Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, South Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Laois, Longford, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath and Wicklow.
A lot has happened across the Eastern-Midlands Region since the last plans were published between 2004 and 2006. In 2012:

  • A network of 618 Bottle bank sites were maintained;
  • A network of 34 Civic Amenity Sites were maintained;
  • A household recovery/recycling rate of 76% was achieved;
  • A national packaging recovery rate of 87% was achieved;
  • A reduction in the quantity of household waste managed per person;
  • The household recovery rate exceeded the disposal rate in the EMR for household waste managed; and
  • The number of waste inspections undertaken by local authorities exceeded 7,000.

The regional plan provides the framework for waste management for the next six years and sets out a range of policies and actions in order to meet the specified mandatory and performance targets.

Most importantly the plan seeks to assist and support the community and local business to develop resource efficiency and waste prevention initiatives. A key plan target is to achieve a 1% reduction per annum in the quantity of household waste generated per capita over the period of the plan. In tandem, the plan identifies measures to develop a circular economy where waste management initiatives are no longer confined to treating and disposing of waste and now support initiatives that value waste as a resource or potential raw material.
A national launch of the 3 Draft Regional Waste Management Plans will take place in Galway City Council offices on the 18th of November at 11:30am. The launch of the draft plans coincides with the commencement of a period of public consultation which will continue until the 30th of January 2015.

Following the public consultation stage written submissions will be considered and the final regional waste management plans will be published by the end of March 2015.

In conjunction with the plans, a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and an Appropriate Assessment (AA) of the impact of the plans has been carried out and the consultation period will also commence for these documents on the 18th of November 2014 and conclude on the 30th of January 2015.

Further information on the Eastern-Midlands Draft Plan can be found on www.emwr.ie .