Promotion of the Circular Economy and effective waste management

Uimhir Thagarta Uathúil: 
CLW-C10-107
Stádas: 
Submitted
Údar: 
Southern Region Waste Management Plan Office (SRWMPO)
Líon na ndoiciméad faoi cheangal: 
1
Teorainneacha Gafa ar an léarscáil: 
Níl
Údar: 
Southern Region Waste Management Plan Office (SRWMPO)

Litir Chumhdaigh

The Southern Region Waste Management Plan Office (SRWMPO) co-ordinates the implementation of The Southern Region Waste Management Plan 2015-2021, on behalf of the ten local authorities in the Southern Region. The plan provides the framework for the prevention and management of wastes in a safe and sustainable manner, and includes the promotion of resource efficiency and the circular economy as one of its strategic objectives. Particular emphasis is placed on preventing and designing out waste at the initial stage of any activity, thus achieving the highest level of the waste hierarchy, namely waste prevention.

Observations

Chapter 1: Introduction and Context

It is welcomed that the role of the Circular Economy is acknowledged in a number of Chapters of the draft  Carlow County Development Plan, especially in Chapter 6,   where it is clearly stated that the Council will support circular economy principles prioritising prevention, reuse, recycling and recovery over the disposal of waste.   We   feel there is also potential to include direct reference to the Circular Economy in certain other sections of the draft Development Plan, in particular in the opening Chapter 1 Introduction and Context. Inclusion in Chapter 1 could show that the Circular Economy has benefits not alone with regard to waste infrastructure, but also in the wider general economy.   

Appropriate wording on the Circular Economy in Chapter 1 could be

Carlow County Council plays a fundamental role in the transition from a linear to a circular economy as they are responsible for key policies in public services that affect citizens’ wellbeing, economic growth and environmental quality. This plan will foster the linkages to transition from linear model to a circular model which keeps resources in use for as long as possible.

Chapter 6: Infrastructure and Environmental Management

Proposed inclusion of reference to  Waste Management Infrastructure – Guidance for Siting Waste Management Facilities

The upcoming National Waste Management Plan for a Circular Economy (NWMPCE), which is likely to be made in early 2022, will replace the Southern Region Waste Management Plan 2015-2021 and the regional waste management plans for the other two regions. The NWMPCE will include the new guidance document ‘Waste Management Infrastructure – Guidance for Siting Waste Management Facilities’, the scope of which includes broad siting criteria and facility specific guidance for consideration when siting a waste facility.    We recommend that reference to this new guidance document be made within Section 6.6 Waste Management and within Chapter 16 Development Management Standards, in particular Section 16.11.8 Waste Management Infrastructure.

Proposed inclusion of reference to new draft Best Practice Guidelines for the preparation of Resource Management Plans for Construction & Demolition Waste Projects

Please note that in April 2021 the Environmental Protection Agency published the new draft guidelines, ‘Best Practice Guidelines for the preparation of Resource Management Plans for Construction & Demolition Waste Projects’,  for which public consultation closed in June 2021.   The draft guidelines, which will be finalised shortly, supersede the ‘Best Practice Guidelines on the Preparation of Waste Management Plans for Construction and Demolition Waste Projects’ which were published in July 2006.  We recommend that reference be made to these new draft guidelines - in Section 6.6.5 with reference to Construction and Demolition Waste and in Section 16.11.5 on Construction and Environmental Management Plans.

Chapter 16: Development Management Standards

Proposed inclusion of reference to Waste Management Infrastructure – Guidance for Siting Waste Management Facilities

The upcoming National Waste Management Plan for a Circular Economy (NWMPCE), which is likely to be made in early 2022, will replace the Southern Region Waste Management Plan 2015-2021 and the regional waste management plans for the other two regions. The NWMPCE will include the new guidance document ‘Waste Management Infrastructure – Guidance for Siting Waste Management Facilities’, the scope of which includes broad siting criteria and facility specific guidance for consideration when siting a waste facility.    We recommend that reference to this new guidance document be made within Section 6.6 Waste Management and within Chapter 16 Development Management Standards, in particular Section 16.11.8 Waste Management Infrastructure.

Proposed inclusion of reference to new draft Best Practice Guidelines for the preparation of Resource Management Plans for Construction & Demolition Waste Projects

Please note that in April 2021 the Environmental Protection Agency published the new draft guidelines, ‘Best Practice Guidelines for the preparation of Resource Management Plans for Construction & Demolition Waste Projects’,  for which public consultation closed in June 2021.   The draft guidelines, which will be finalised shortly, supersede the ‘Best Practice Guidelines on the Preparation of Waste Management Plans for Construction and Demolition Waste Projects’ which were published in July 2006.  We recommend that reference be made to these new draft guidelines - in Section 6.6.5 with reference to Construction and Demolition Waste and in Section 16.11.5 on Construction and Environmental Management Plans.

 

Faisnéis

Uimhir Thagarta Uathúil: 
CLW-C10-107
Stádas: 
Submitted
Líon na ndoiciméad faoi cheangal: 
1
Teorainneacha Gafa ar an léarscáil: 
Níl