Ireland extends waste regulation

Controls take Ireland into "new phase" of waste management, says minister

The Irish government has introduced new regulations governing a wide range of waste disposal and recovery activities. The regulations, which coincide with entry into force of Ireland's 1996 waste management act, bring the country into compliance with all relevant EU directives, according to environment minister Dan Wallace. Under the new rules, waste licensing requirements have been extended to all significant waste disposal and some waste recovery activities. Local authorities now have powers to issue permits to smaller or less hazardous waste facilities that do not qualify for licences from the Environmental Protection Agency. Regulations have also been introduced to cover the handling of specific types of waste, such as PCBs, asbestos and waste oils, as well as to control national and international movements of hazardous wastes. Finally, a further set of regulations will ensure stricter control over the quality of sewage sludge used in agriculture. Local authority permits for waste collection activities and further regulations on specific waste streams are promised in the near future.

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Irish environment ministry, tel: +353 1 679 3377.

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