Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (488)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

488. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if the practice by some local authorities of seeking information from private refuse companies of the details of persons registered with them for the stated purpose of combatting fly tipping is in line with General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR, legislation; and the rights of persons seeking to purchase bin labels in this regard. [16048/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

My Department has no role in the monitoring and enforcement of data protection legislation. Responsibility for these functions lies with the Data Protection Commission, which is independent in the performance of its functions. A Template for a Bye-law on Waste Presentation has been prepared by the three Regional Waste Management Offices and circulated to local authorities with a view to standardising such Bye-laws across the State. A number of local authorities have already introduced such Bye-laws with the remaining Local Authorities expected to do so by mid-2019. The Bye-laws govern a range of issues, including obliging consumers to participate in an authorised waste collection service (or provide documentary proof on what alternative means they use to dispose of their waste) and encouraging greater segregation of waste to reduce volumes of residual waste collected.

The requirement for people to demonstrate how they manage their waste is consistent with national policy as set out in A Resource Opportunity – Waste Management Policy in Ireland. However, the power to adopt Waste Presentation Bye-laws is a reserved function of a local authority. Accordingly, questions in relation to how householders demonstrate compliance with the Bye-laws are best directed to the relevant local authority.