New waste vision for new waste region launches in Dublin

A new waste plan, which will regulate how more than half of the people living in Ireland manage their waste, was launched at 3pm today in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin 2.

The Eastern-Midlands Region (EMR) Waste Management Plan 2015-2021 provides a framework for the prevention and management of waste in a sustainable manner in 12 local authority areas.

The three key objectives of the Eastern-Midlands Region Waste Management Plan are:

  • • Prevent waste: a reduction of one per cent per annum in the amount of household waste generated over the period of the plan
  • • More recycling: increase the recycle rate of domestic and commercial waste from 40 to 50 per cent by 2020
  • • Further reduce landfill: eliminate all unprocessed waste going to landfill from 2016

The plan’s implementation will be led by the new Eastern-Midlands Regional Waste Office based in Dublin City Council. The Council’s Chief Executive Owen Keegan, who launched the plan, says: “As a society we traditionally tend to think of waste as a by-product which we dispose of after consuming a product. However, waste is an economic resource in its own right. By continuing to reduce the amount of waste we landfill and looking for indigenous solutions to avoid wastes being exported for treatment elsewhere, we can achieve economic and environmental benefits for the region and wider country.”

The plan process has involved significant interaction and consultation with stakeholders such as Elected Representatives through the Council’s Environment Strategic Policy Committee, Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, (DECLG), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Irish Waste Management Association (IWMA), Compliance Schemes , NGOs and members of the public.

Achieving the plan’s targets will require considerable investment in improving the region’s waste infrastructure. The Plan estimates that public sector investment of €60 million per annum and €300 million from the private sector will be required.

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Additional Information

What is the Eastern-Midlands Region?

The Eastern-Midlands Region comprises Dublin City Council, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, South Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Laois, Longford, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath and Wicklow County Councils.

Some key statistics for the region:

  • 2.2 million people live in the region, approx half the country’s population
  • 81 per cent of the region’s population live in towns and cities

Waste management in the region - Key Statistics ( 2012 figures unless stated)

The region generates approx 4.1 million tonnes of waste annually (excluding agricultural waste) Most of this waste is generated by households, the commercial sector, construction and industry.

  • 81 per cent of households in the region have a kerbside collection service
  • 1.3 million tonnes approx of Municipal Waste (Household/Commercial) generated
  • 59 per cent of municipal waste is recovered ( recycling and energy recovery)
  • 500,000 tonnes approx of waste exported for energy recovery in 2014
  • The region has 34 civic amenity facilities and 618 bring banks
  • 1,445 schools approx (primary and secondary) involved in green schools programme

The role of local authorities

In recent years the local authorities in the Eastern-Midlands Region have seen the waste collection services transfer to the private sector.

During the period of the plan some of the key roles of local authorities will be:

  • Dublin City Council, as the lead agency and through it’s the newly established Regional Office, will publish an annual report on the plan’s implementation on
  • Education and prevention activities
  • Regulation of householders, businesses and waste operators
  • Exploration of partnership arrangements with the private sector to develop waste, energy and amenity infrastructure at closed landfill sites