Thursday, 5 July 2012

Questions (105)

Dominic Hannigan

Question:

105 Deputy Dominic Hannigan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he has any role in the development of recycling facilities in towns; if he had any contact with Meath County Council regarding the provision of recycling facilities in Stamullen, County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32843/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government)

In accordance with the provisions of the Waste Management Acts, the preparation and adoption of a waste management plan, including in respect of the provision of recycling facilities, is the statutory responsibility of the local authority or authorities concerned, in this case Meath County Council. Under section 60(3) of the Act I am 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.

However, my Department operates a grant scheme, the Waste Recycling Capital Grants Scheme, under the terms of which a local authority may apply for grant assistance towards the development of such facilities in their functional area. To date, Meath County Council has not contacted my Department seeking grant assistance towards the provision of such a facility at Stamullen, Co. Meath.