Launch of Draft Connacht – Ulster Regional Waste Management Plan 2015-2021 – The next challenge
Managing Waste in Ireland is now divided into three regions: Connacht Ulster, Southern, Eastern and Midlands. The preparation of new regional waste management plans for the regions has been underway since late 2013 following an evaluation of the previous plans which covered ten regions nationally.
The Connacht Ulster Waste Region consists of the administrative areas of the Galway City and counties Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan. The region represents 18% of the national population and has 36% of the land area.
The regional plan provides the framework for waste management for the next six years and sets out a range of policies and actions in order to meet the specified mandatory and performance targets.
The plan seeks to assist and support the community and local business to develop resource efficiency and waste prevention initiatives. A key plan target is to achieve a 1% reduction per annum in the quantity of household waste generated per capita over the period of the plan. In tandem the plan identifies measures to develop a circular economy where waste management initiatives stop being confined to treating and disposing of waste, instead supporting initiatives that value waste as a resource or potential raw material.
A national launch of the three regional waste management plans took place in Galway City Council offices on the 18th of November. The launch of the draft plans coincides with the commencement of the period of public consultation which will continue until the 30th January 2015.
Monaghan County Council wants to hear your views on the draft plan and about what more needs to be done. More information and the full plan are available on http://www.curwmo.ie. Also a public meeting and a presentation of the draft plan will be taking place in the Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney on the 18th of December at 7.00pm.