Waste Management Policy

Waste management policy is set by the government and is detailed in a set of four policy documents produced since 1998:

Government policy is generally to apply the polluter pays principle.  This means that the generator of the waste is obliged to ensure that the waste is properly managed.  This applied equally to householders and businesses.  In pursuit of the polluter pays principle, the government has imposed producer responsibility obligations on several sectors and waste streams, most notably packaging, waste electrical and electronic equipment, end-of-life vehicles, batteries & accumulators, tyres and farm plastics.

A large number of legal instruments govern the management of waste and outline the responsibilities of waste generators, waste management organisations (private sector and local authorities), waste planning authorities and waste regulators.  The principal law is the Waste Management Act 1996 as amended.  A series of regulations have been made under the Acts in relation to, for example:-

  • the authorisation of waste facilities
  • the authorisation of waste collection activities
  • the imposition of a landfill levy
  • waste management planning
  • packaging waste
  • hazardous waste
  • farm plastics
  • waste electrical and electronic equipment
  • end-of-life vehicles
  • batteries & accumulators
  • tyres and waste tyres
  • hazardous waste movements within Ireland
  • the import and export of waste

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