For the purposes of waste management planning, Ireland is now divided into three regions: Eastern-Midlands, Southern & Connacht-Ulster. The Eastern-Midlands Region includes the local authorities: Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, South Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Laois, Longford, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath and Wicklow.
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 Fingal and the other local authority areas. Following a public consultation stage, the final Regional Waste Management Plan was made on 12th May 2015.
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.
The Plan can be accessed here : Eastern Midland Region Waste Management Plan - Final Draft
Further information on the Plan can be found on www.emwr.ie .