Thursday, 29 April 2021
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
6. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to introduce new extended producer responsibility schemes for the collection and processing of waste streams and to create stricter obligations within the existing schemes; the parameters of such schemes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22424/21]
The Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy outlined the commitments to set up new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes for the waste streams covered by the Single Use Plastics Directive including tobacco products, balloons, wet wipes and fishing gear. The introduction of EPR arrangements for other waste streams such as textiles, bulky waste, paint, medicines and farm hazardous wastes will also be progressed over the lifetime of the Plan. The ambitions outlined in the Waste Action Plan, and the provisions of SI 323 of 2020, which seeks to increase the effectiveness, cost efficiency and governance of EPR schemes, will also be applied to existing schemes as part of their renewal processes.