Regional Waste Management Plans
The waste management plans in Ireland are statutory planning documents whose objective is to set out a framework for the prevention and management of wastes for a defined regional area. The preparation of the waste plans is the statutory responsibility of the local authorities and two or more local authorities may jointly prepare a waste plan. Once prepared a plan is valid for a period of up to 6 years and under statutory obligations must be evaluated once every 6 years. The generation and management of waste is an everyday challenge which the people, businesses, industry and institutions of the Connacht Ulster Region must recognise and address. In our daily lives we produce non-hazardous, hazardous and sometimes toxic wastes. These wastes have the potential to impact negatively on our communities, our health, our environment and future generations if not managed appropriately. Effective management systems are needed to ensure we continue to live in healthy communities and protection is afforded to our environment. In the region we have a collective responsibility to improve our behaviours in response to this on-going problem. This is necessary if we are to re-think the waste challenge and ignite the opportunities which waste as a resource offers.