Lead authorities for waste enforcement have been appointed for three regions in the Republic of Ireland.
The selected councils will take responsibility for co-ordinating and overseeing the enforcement of waste regulation on behalf of all other local authorities in their region.
This follows the publication in 2012 of the Putting People First government policy, which focused on the delivery of some public services on a regional basis.
Cork County Council has been selected to lead the Southern region following a competitive bid, which includes 10 local authorities such as Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford, Carlow and Kilkenny.
Council director of environmental services Sharon Corcoran said: “The optimum structures will now be in place to deliver the best possible outcomes in terms of waste enforcement across the region. I look forward to working with the enforcement team and industry stakeholders in meeting the challenges that lie ahead.”
Council chief executive Tim Lucey said: “The Department of the Environment and other statutory bodies such as the EPA recognise the expertise and commitment that has been developed in our waste enforcement team over the last number of years.
“I have no doubt the enforcement team will work effectively with other local authorities and statutory bodies to meet the challenges of the waste industry and deal with them in a proactive manner.”
Lead authorities for the two other regions, Connaught/Ulster and East/Midlands, have been awarded to Donegal & Leitrim and Dublin, respectively.
This enforcement structure is to be put in place for an initial five years with a review as to its effectiveness carried out after year two, the Department of the Environment told MRW.
The appointments have been made by the Programme Management Office of the Local Government Management Agency after a recommendation made by a bidding evaluations board and ratified by the Public Services Reform and Oversight Group.