Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Ceisteanna (481, 482)

John Lahart

Ceist:

481. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the landfills accepting construction waste by capacity and location in tabular form. [21077/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

John Lahart

Ceist:

482. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the proposed locations and capacity of planned landfill sites for the disposal of construction waste. [21078/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 481 and 482 together.  

Waste management planning, including with regard to infrastructure provision, is the responsibility of local authorities under Part II of the Waste Management Act, 1996 (as amended). Under section 60(3) of that Act, I am precluded from exercising any power or control in relation to the performance, in specific cases, by a local authority of their statutory functions under the Act.

However, my Department has and will continue to engage with the three Regional Waste Management Planning Lead Authorities and other environmental regulatory bodies on the issue of managing construction and demolition (C&D) waste. It is also intended to shortly convene a Construction Waste Resource Group . This Group will comprise of the key construction and demolition waste stakeholders, which will provide a useful platform to discuss and monitor C&D waste issues arising, including the capacity of the sector to manage its construction and demolition waste.

In terms of the detail of landfill capacity for C&D waste, including for inert and non-inert non-hazardous C&D waste, comprehensive detail on EPA licences is available on the EPA’s website at http://www.epa.ie/licensing/ and further information is also available from the EPA’s Office of Environmental Sustainability at Licensing@epa.ie. Similarly, information on planning permissions or applications for planning permissions should be available from the relevant Planning Authority or An Bord Pleanála.