Irish waste management "at crisis point"
Ireland's body for industrial promotion and development has identified the country's ongoing waste crisis as likely to cause severe problems for commerce and national competitiveness. In a report released in mid-December Forfás urged establishment of a national waste management agency, supported by new regional waste management boards. Other recommendations include designating regional waste management facilities and fast-tracking them through the planning system. Ireland's key waste challenges include capacity limits at major landfill sites, an absence of incineration capacity and sparse recycling facilities. See press release.