The Eastern-Midlands Region (EMR) Waste Management Plan 2015-2021 provides a framework for the prevention and management of waste in a sustainable manner in 12 local authority areas.
The Eastern-Midlands Region comprises Dublin City Council, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, South Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Laois, Longford, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath and Wicklow County Councils.
The Plan process has involved significant interaction and consultation with stakeholders such as the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, (DECLG), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Irish Waste Management Association (IWMA), Compliance Schemes, NGOs and members of the public.
The three key objectives of the Eastern-Midlands Region Waste Management Plan are:
- Prevent waste: a reduction of one per cent per annum in the amount of household waste generated over the period of the plan.
- More recycling: increase the recycle rate of domestic and commercial waste from 40 to 50 per cent by 2020.
- Further reduce landfill: eliminate all unprocessed waste going to landfill from 2016.
The Plan’s implementation will be led by the new Eastern-Midlands Regional Waste Office based in Dublin City Council.
Full details of the Plan and the consultation and preparation processes are available at www.emwr.ie