In June 2012, I initiated a wide-ranging review of the existing Producer Responsibility Initiatives in Ireland. The overall purpose of this review is to assess the nature and level of the challenges which are currently facing the existing Producer Responsibility Agreements , as well as the forthcoming challenges expected to arise in the management of various waste streams.
As part of this review, I published a report on End-of- Life Vehicles (ELVs) in November 2013. The report makes a number of recommendations aimed at improving the structure and environmental outputs of our ELV regulatory regime, including the establishment of a compliance scheme for the sector which should have a specific responsibility for achieving the national End-of-Life Vehicle targets. The report is available on my Department’s website at http://www.environ.ie/en/Environment/Waste/PublicConsultations/#ELVs and was subject to a period of public consultation which expired at the end of January 2014. My Department received 13 submissions from various stakeholders as part of the consultation process , including representatives from the metal processing sector.
It is my intention to establish an ELV Working Group, similar to the current WEEE Batteries Monitoring Group, which will assist my Department in drafting the new Regulations which are required to underpin the regulatory structures recommended in this report.