Dáil Éireann - Volume 640 - 25 October, 2007

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Deputy Olivia Mitchell asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the looming crisis in waste management due to the absence of direction and co-ordination of a clear regulatory framework and of clarity of direction in terms of waste ownership and provision of infrastructure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25857/07]

  Deputy John Gormley: The Programme for Government contains a range of commitments in respect of waste management policy including a commitment to undertake an international review of waste management plans, practices and procedures and to act on its conclusions. As I announced recently, I have already directed my Department to commission such a review, to commence as soon as possible and to conclude in the shortest possible timeframe.

This review will involve comprehensive research on the waste sector in Ireland and will cover a wide range of issues to help identify how best to proceed with further efforts to reduce waste levels, improve recycling rates and deliver cost-effective waste management solutions for businesses and householders. Included in its scope will be an examination of the legal, institutional and infrastructure arrangements that apply to waste management.