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Ireland could introduce incinerator levies

A Bill which could allow ministers in the Republic of Ireland to introduce ‘waste facility levies’ for incinerators has been published.

Under the Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) 2011 Bill, a minister would be awarded powers to introduce levies for incineration facilities of up to €120 a tonne of waste disposed of by means of a waste recovery facility. Such levies would then be payable to the relevant local authority.

The publication of the Bill was welcomed by John Gormley, minister for environment, heritage and local government. He said: “This will contribute to ensuring that waste is diverted from landfill through higher landfill levies. It will also encourage the development of alternative technologies to make the most of what is a valuable resource.”

The Bill also provides greater flexibility in the setting of landfill and plastic bag levies.

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