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Northern Irish councils upset at DTI snub

Northern Irish councils have hit out at being excluded from the UK advisory group on the EU Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) Directive.

The Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) is a cross-party group that represents all 26 councils in Northern Ireland.

NILGA president Peter Weir said: “As the UK is currently facing infraction fines for lack of compliance with EU Waste Directives, I find it incredible that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) have further compounded the difficulties associated with implementing this important directive by snubbing Northern Ireland councils in this way.”

The association had nominated Arc 21 waste and policy manager Richard Burnett to represent the views of Northern Irish councils on the advisory board, but was told by the DTI that it had to keep the group’s numbers manageable.

NILGA said the only members from a local government background on the group were the Confederation of Scottish Local Authorities and the National Association of Waste Disposal Officers (NAWDO). Of the advisory group only 14 members are not part of central government, representing industry, community groups and councils.

Burnett added: “NAWDO doesn’t have an insight into Northern Ireland, which has specific local issues. We’re not asking to be on the group instead of someone else, but we should be in it.”

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