Written answers

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Waste Management

Photo of Richard BrutonRichard Bruton (Dublin Bay North, Fine Gael)
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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]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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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. 

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