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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144. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if analysis of the potential benefits of a national waste collection service has been carried out in advance of commencing the drafting of the new national waste strategy management plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18775/22]

Photo of Ossian SmythOssian Smyth (Dún Laoghaire, Green Party)
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Local authorities are responsible for municipal waste collection and waste management planning within their functional areas. The obligations on local authorities in relation to collecting household waste are set out in section 33 of the Waste Management Act 1996, as amended. In summary, it provides that each local authority shall collect, or arrange for the collection of, household waste within its functional area. The obligation to collect or arrange for the collection of household waste shall not apply if: - an adequate waste collection service is available in the local authority's functional area,

-the estimated costs of the collection of the waste would, in the opinion of the local authority, be unreasonably high, or

- the local authority is satisfied that adequate arrangements for the disposal of the waste concerned can reasonably be made by the holder of the waste.

It is open to any local authority to re-enter the waste collection market as direct service providers ​if they so choose, either alongside existing permitted service providers or subject to making arrangements to replace those providers. 

Under section 60(3) of the Waste Management Act 1996 I am, as Minister, precluded from exercising any power or control in relation to the performance by a local authority, in particular circumstances, of a statutory function vested in it.


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