Written answers

Thursday, 7 April 2022

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Waste Management

Photo of Thomas GouldThomas Gould (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein)
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107. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if consideration has been given to the establishment of a nationwide dumping taskforce; and his views on whether County Cork could be considered for a pilot for a localised taskforce; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18774/22]

Photo of Ossian SmythOssian Smyth (Dún Laoghaire, Green Party)
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The National Waste Enforcement Steering Committee, which is chaired by my Department and includes representatives from a wide range of regulatory and law enforcement authorities, provides for a coordinated, strategic approach to all waste enforcement priorities, including illegal dumping. The Steering Committee oversees the work of the Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authorities which were established to position the local authority sector to better respond to emerging and priority waste enforcement challenges. Under the Waste Management Act, primary responsibility for waste management and enforcement lies with the Local Authorities and it is a matter for each Local Authority to determine the most appropriate course of action to tackle illegal dumping locally within the legislation provided. I am satisfied that the appropriate national, regional and local structures are in place to support strong enforcement action by local authorities with significant funding provided by my Department through, inter alia, the Waste Enforcement Measures Grants Scheme and the Anti-Dumping Initiative.

The  Circular Economy Bill, currently progressing through the Oireachtas, will facilitate the use of CCTV and other Audio Visual Recording equipment in order to further assist local authorities in their efforts to combat illegal dumping.


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