Thursday, 14 November 2019

Ceisteanna (155)

Darragh O'Brien

Ceist:

155. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if construction and demolition waste landfill availability and recycling facilities capacity has been reviewed; if his Department has contacted the Environmental Protection Agency on the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47028/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

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 the 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 officials engage on an ongoing basis with the three Regional Waste Management Planning Lead Authorities, the Environmental Protection Agency and the waste industry on the issue of managing construction and demolition (C&D) and residual municipal solid waste (rMSW).

In addition, in June 2018, my Department established a Construction Waste Resource Group comprising key Construction and Demolition sector and Waste sector stakeholders, including policy, regulatory and industry to provide a valuable platform to discuss and monitor C&D waste issues arising, including the capacity of the sector to manage C&D waste.