Regional Waste Management Plans
- The National Hazardous Waste Management Plan sets out the overarching objectives to be pursued during that period and beyond to improve the management of hazardous waste in Ireland, including:
- To prevent and reduce the generation of hazardous waste by industry and society generally.
- To maximise the collection of hazardous waste with a view to reducing the environmental and health impacts of any unregulated waste.
- To strive for increased self-sufficiency in the management of hazardous waste and to minimise hazardous waste export.
- To minimise the environmental, health, social and economic impacts of hazardous waste generation and management.
The Plan points to the need to develop an additional 50,000 tonnes of thermal recovery capacity for the treatment of hazardous wastes if the objective of moving towards increased self-sufficiency in the management of hazardous waste in the State is to be achieved.
The Environmental Protection Agency in 2018 published a Progress Report on the implementation of the National Hazardous Waste Management Plan. This Progress Report once again underlines the key objective of increasing Ireland’s level of self-sufficiency regarding hazardous waste management.
The Progress Report also states that a stronger focus is needed in the areas of hazardous waste prevention and the development of waste management infrastructure if Ireland is to become more self-sufficient in the treatment and management of hazardous waste.