CHASE Press Release - 04-06-09
A Circular issued (Fri 29 May) by John Gormley to all planning authorities makes it clear that mechanical and biological treatments, not incineration, are to be the cornerstones of national waste policy in the future and outlines direction from the Minister to instruct local authorities and the EPA to "refrain from exercising their powers in such a way as to direct waste to landfill or incineration." (Full Text at end)
This circular was sent to all City and County
Managers and Environment Directors, to An Bord Pleanala and the EPA.
The circular states that the Programme for Government emphasises in
particular movements away from the high reliance on incineration forseen
in the National Development Plan, and increases commitment to the
use of alternative technologies, including those known as mehanical
and biological treatment.
I am directed by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to update you on progress in respect of implementing the waste management provisions of the Programme for Government, and in particular the commitment to conduct an international review of waste management policy.
The Programme for Government makes major commitments in relation to national waste policy. In particular, there is an emphasis on moving away from the high reliance on incineration foreseen in the National Development Plan and reflected in the regional waste management plans for which the local authorities have statutory responsibility, generally operating in regional groupings. In this regard it is intended that there be an increased commitment to the use of alternative technologies, including those known as mechanical and biological treatment.
The Department’s Statement of Strategy 2008-2010, which is published on the Department’s web site and which was noted by Government in July 2008, states:
"The new Programme for Government
indicates a further development of waste and resource policy in the
direction of sustainability, in particular, to move away from mass
burn incineration towards alternative technologies and to minimise
waste going to landfill, subject to the outcome of the review of the
waste management strategy. This major international review being undertaken
by the Department will address how best to implement waste prevention
and minimisation, and the emergence of new technologies in waste management."
Interim policy measures
The Minister has also initiated a Strategic Environmental
Assessment on proposed policy directions to the EPA and local authorities
which would (in relation to their functions under the Waste Management
Acts and any instruments made thereunder), inter alia, require the
The proposed policy direction is subject to consultation
with both the public and all stakeholders, including local authorities.
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