Dáil Éireann - Volume 640 - 25 October, 2007

Written Answers. - Waste Disposal.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his Departments policy in relation to landfill, incineration or other forms of waste disposal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25812/07]

  Deputy John Gormley: The Programme for Government contains a range of commitments in respect of waste management policy centred on the Government’s continued support for the internationally recognised waste hierarchy which places major emphasis on the prevention, reuse and recycling of waste while minimising reliance on landfill and other disposal options. This commitment to the waste hierarchy has added significance in the context of the requirements of the EU Landfill Directive to divert waste from landfill. Meeting this obligation will entail doubling the existing level of diversion from landfill by 2010 and further increases in diversion in subsequent years.

The Programme makes major commitments in relation to national waste policy, including, in particular, an emphasis on moving away from a high reliance on incineration. In this regard it is intended that there will be an increased commitment to the use of alternative technologies, including mechanical and biological treatment.