Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Questions (529)

Clare Daly


529. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the annual cost of permits either on average or as a scale under the national waste management policy; the amount spent on inspections of waste collection operators; the amount of this cost borne by permit fees; and the amount of this cost borne by the State in each of the years from 2008 to 2018. [5085/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The fee payable to apply for a waste collection permit is €1,000, €2,000 or €5,000 depending on whether the application is to collect waste in a single local authority functional area, a regional waste management area or nationally, as set out in Regulation 8 and the Third Schedule to the Waste Management (Collection Permit) Regulations 2007, S.I. 820 of 2007 (as amended). Waste collection permits are normally granted for a period of 5 years, but may be reviewed at any time by the National Waste Collection Permit Office (NWCPO). Fees relating to such reviews cannot exceed the costs reasonably incurred by the NWCPO and cannot exceed €5,000. Fees under S.I. 820 of 2007 are designed to cover the administration of the permit, not the enforcement of the conditions of the permit, which remains a matter for the relevant local authority and as such, details concerning inspection costs are not collated by my Department.