WASTE PREVENTION THE PRIORITY
Ireland will have opportunity to develop and apply best practice models.
“We should recycle and recover all our waste – but we must generate less waste to recycle”. This was the key message delivered by Mr. Tony Killeen T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government when he addressed the Local Authority Prevention Demonstration Conference organised by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) today (Thursday 7th February).
“Significant increases in the quantities of materials being recovered and recycled are, unfortunately, being offset by larger increases in the quantities of waste being generated” and “we collectively have to act now to minimise the generation of unnecessary waste”, he added.
Minister Killeen said that existing waste prevention policies will not be sufficient going forward. The recently announced international waste review will look at best practice models internationally on waste prevention and examine how these might be applied in Ireland. The review will also look at anticipated EU legislation such as the revised Waste Framework Directive which proposes benchmarking and target setting in the area of waste prevention.
The Minister also welcomed the review of the National Waste Prevention Programme itself which the EPA were currently carrying out. “We need to see full stakeholder involvement in crafting innovative and viable solutions on waste prevention which is now a central focus of Government policy”. More…