Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (91)

Neasa Hourigan

Question:

91. Deputy Neasa Hourigan asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the timeline for his plans to expand brown bin services to all households; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6930/21]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy, Ireland's National Waste Policy 2020-2025 contains some 200 measures which will be delivered on a phased basis over the 5 year lifetime of the Plan. Since I launched the plan in September of last year, my officials have been working on advancing priority measures, including measures relating to plastic waste, end of waste, and food waste.

Food waste measures in the plan address both the prevention of food waste in the first instance and also the better management of food waste which does arise. Amongst these measures is a commitment to make the provision of an organic waste bin mandatory as part of a waste collection service for all households. My officials have already commenced the process of engaging with the key stakeholders, including the waste collection industry, with a view to delivering on these food waste commitment in as short a time frame as possible. Part of the work will ensure that delivery of the national rollout of organic bins is consistent with other measures such as the standardisation of bin colours throughout the State.