Waste Management Strategy
Revised Waste Management Strategy
The revised Northern Ireland Waste Management Strategy entitled “Delivering Resource Efficiency” (8.69MB) sets the policy framework for the management of waste in Northern Ireland, and contains actions and targets to meet EU Directive requirements and the Department’s Programme for Government commitments.
It builds on and retains the core principles of the 2006 Strategy, and places a renewed emphasis on the Waste Hierarchy. The new Strategy moves the emphasis of waste management in Northern Ireland from resource management, with landfill diversion as the key driver, to resource efficiency i.e. using resources in the most effective way while minimising the impact of their use on the environment.
The Strategy highlights a number of policy and legislative proposals of which the most significant are:
Review of Waste Management Strategy
A consultation exercise on the revised Northern Ireland Waste Management Strategy “Delivering Resource Efficiency” ran between 26 October 2012 and 18 January 2013. The relevant documents can be accessed below:
In March 2012 DOE, in collaboration with the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (DECLG) , appointed RPS Consulting Engineers to carry out a study to assess the numbers of tyres (new and used) arising on the island of Ireland and to determine as far as possible, how these are managed.
The report draws upon a number of sources of information and data to attempt to produce as robust a report as possible, including;
The report provides a breakdown of how tyres are managed in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Briefly, in Northern Ireland there were 18,597 tonnes of used tyres in the 2010/11 reporting year of which:
For Northern Ireland, this represents a significant improvement in the overall recycling performance for tyres. For example, the waste tyre survey in 2000 estimated that there were about 16,100 tonnes of waste tyres generated annually in Northern Ireland. The main destinations identified at that time were:
However some 30% of waste tyres were disposed of to unknown destinations.
In Ireland there were 38,673 tonnes of used tyres in the 2010 calendar year, of which 18,254 tonnes were recycled. The report provides further break-down in terms of management routes and tonnages for used tyres.
Here is the Full Report: DOE / DECLG Publish the All-Island Used Tyre Report (March 2013) (1.9 MB)
For further information, please contact us at the address below.
Waste Framework Directive
The Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC) (146KB) ("WFD") lays down measures to protect the environment and human health by preventing or reducing the adverse impacts of the generation and measurement of waste and by reducing overall impacts of resource use and improving the efficiency of such use.
In particular it requires that Member States ensure the establishment, by their competent authorities, of one or more waste management plans in accordance with Articles 1, 4, 13 and 16 of the Directive.
While the WFD refers to waste management plans drawn up by Member States, this has been implemented in the UK Member State through the development of national strategies by each of the constituent countries and the preparation, by the relevant waste collection and disposal authorities, of plans to implement the strategies within their areas.
In Northern Ireland this requirement is fulfilled through the NI Waste Management Strategy prepared by the Department and the regional waste management plans prepared by the three district council waste management groups.
Should you require further information on waste management, please feel free to contact the Department at:
Waste Strategy, Landfill and Producer Responsibility Team
Tel.: (028) 90 254 780.