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Northern Ireland criticised for lack of clear leadership on waste

Northern Irelands Department of the Environment has been strongly criticised in a report released this week by its advisory committee, the Waste Management Advisory Board for Northern Ireland.

The report said there was a lack of clear leadership in implementing Northern Irelands Waste Strategy and that insufficient funds had been made available to implement it.

Numerous recommendations were made for improving Northern Irelands waste management, and board chairman Professor Deborah Boyd said: We urge the Minister and the Department of the Environment to act upon the recommendations. It is only through the involvement of all the key stakeholders that the vision contained in the strategy becomes a reality.

The report also claimed there was a huge infrastructural deficit in Northern Irelands waste management and that the current planning process relating to waste management militates against infrastructure development and investor confidence.

Other recommendations included the removal of Crown Immunity, which allows Government departments to be above the law when it comes to waste disposal, and the establishment of comprehensive waste data stream collection systems.

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