Saturday October 31, 2020

Jobs from waste going up in smoke

Although Ireland now has progressive waste disposal policies, the economy is missing a trick with the continued export of rubbish

17th December, 2014
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Poolbeg, where a waste- to-energy facility is being built Picture: Maxwells

Prior to 1996, there was no modern waste management legislation, no national waste policy and no regulation. The Waste Management Act 1996 was quickly followed in 1998 by our first national waste policy, ‘Changing our Ways’, which sought to put waste management planning in place on a regional basis.

Our first generation regional waste plans saw the appointment of Environmental Awareness Officers to lead awareness of the EU Waste Hierarchy. They also heralded the introduction of...

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