Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
Question 442: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the regulations under which the Greyhound waste group operates its services in the Dublin region; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7981/12]
Waste collection in Ireland is subject to compliance with applicable environmental and other relevant legislation, primarily the Waste Management Act 1996, as amended, and conditions attached to each waste collector's collection permit issued by the relevant local authority under the Waste Management (Collection Permit) Regulations 2007, as amended. Waste collection in individual local authority areas may also be subject to local bye-laws. These requirements apply regardless of the location of a waste collector's corporate headquarters.
The Programme for Government contains a commitment to introduce competitive tendering for household waste collection, under which service providers would bid to provide waste collection services in a given area, for a given period of time and to a guaranteed level of service. A public consultation designed to inform the policy development process concluded in September 2011. A large number of responses were received from a broad spectrum of interests. As one might expect, a consensus is not apparent and, on almost all of the relevant issues, a considerable breadth of opinion was expressed. All of the responses received, in addition to a summary document, are available on my Department's website, www.environ.ie.
My Department is currently undertaking a regulatory impact analysis to examine the costs, benefits and other impacts of options for change, and to inform how best to regulate the household waste collection market. My overall policy objective is to improve the functioning of waste management in this country. I expect to be in a position to submit final proposals in relation to household waste collection to Government by Easter this year.