The Department of the Environment (DOE) has published a consultation paper on the Waste Prevention Programme for Northern Ireland.
The aim of the consultation is to target waste production at its source in order to reduce the amount of waste prior to recycling, composting, energy recovery and landfilling.
The DOE is seeking views on proposals for household, commercial, industrial, construction and demolition waste, as well as reuse and how to measure waste prevention progress - although there is no proposal in the consulation to have a headline target for waste prevention.
The consultation is to build on the soon-to-be-published Northern Ireland Waste Management Strategy, titled ‘Delivering Resource Efficiency’.
According to the plans, initially only the amount of household waste arisings will be monitored. Only when more reliable data becomes available through the revised waste management strategy, will commercial, industrial and demolition waste arisings be monitored.
The proposals are designed to benefit the Northern Ireland economy and to help promote and support green jobs, and also include measures to reduce the adverse impacts of waste on the environment and human health.
The EU revised Waste Framework Directive requires member states to create waste prevention programmes by 12 December 2013. England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are each publishing separate waste prevention programmes.
Northern Ireland’s waste prevention plan consultation will close on Wednesday 11 December 2013.
- This month MRW reported that Defra will not be publishing a draft of England’s waste prevention programme ahead of publishing it in December, according to Colin Church, Defra’s director of resource, atmosphere and sustainability.