Thursday, 11 April 2019

Ceisteanna (164)

Brendan Ryan

Ceist:

164. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will provide information (details supplied) regarding landfill waste management sites. [17194/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

Queries in relation to the acceptance of waste at landfills since 2010 are best directed to the Environmental Protection Agency who licence and monitor such sites and also compile waste statistics. Appendix E of the National Waste Report 2010 sets out the number of landfills accepting waste that year and is available to view at https://www.epa.ie/pubs/reports/waste/stats/EPA_NWR_2010.pdf Queries in relation to the schedule for decommissioning of operational landfills are a matter for individual landfills and will be dependent on a number of factors, including planning and licensing legislation.

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 in relation to waste management policy. In that context, I understand that there are currently 4 landfills currently accepting municipal waste, and that this will likely decrease to 3 before year end:

- Ballynagran, Co Wicklow

- Drehid, Co Kildare

- Killconnell, Co. Galway (expected to close in 2019)

- Knockharley, Co Meath