Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (61)

Denis Naughten

Question:

61. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications if he will provide details of the anti-dumping initiative outturn data from each local authority for the four years of the scheme in terms of tonnage of waste removed in clean-ups, number of clean-ups, bulky goods collections and volumes collected, enforcement and education measures; the budget estimate for the 2021 initiative; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2957/21]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

Details of the funding provided and the projects supported for the period 2017 to 2019 by local authority are available on the Department's website at the following link - https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/e27ac-anti-dumping-initiative/

Total tonnages of waste removed under the Anti-Dumping Initiative (ADI) for each of the three years 2017-2019 are as follows:

2017 - 2,500t

2018 - 2,571t

2019 - 1,638t

It is important to note that clean up is only one element of the ADI. Sites where serious levels of illegal dumping occurred would have been targeted over the first two years of the campaign. Perhaps more important in the medium to longer terms are the abatement and preventative measures funded under the Initiative.

Data for 2020 is currently being collated by the Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authorities and will be made available on the Department's website when finalised. However, provisional figures for 2020 indicate that a total of €3,023,750 was spent in support of 304 projects across the country under the 2020 ADI.

The budget allocation for 2021 has yet to be finalised. I have set out a commitment in the Government's Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy to review the National Anti-Dumping Initiative, so that communities and voluntary groups will continue to be supported in their efforts to tackle this problem in a sustainable manner.