Future of recycling consultation

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Views sought on the “Future Recycling and Separation of Waste of a Household Nature in Northern Ireland”

The Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) is seeking views to help shape the future of waste management in Northern Ireland.

This year will see the introduction of a range of new requirements relating to the management of waste as part of the Circular Economy Package. This includes requirements around recycling and the separate collection of waste.

Businesses who produce mixed waste and waste which is similar in nature and composition to waste from households will be required to present their waste for recycling. As with households, businesses will be required to facilitate the separate collection of the main household waste streams such as paper, metal, plastic and glass. These measures do not extend to waste resulting from production.

The consultation seeks views on steps towards improving the quality and quantity of household and non-household recyclate in Northern Ireland and cut landfill rates whilst having minimal impact on businesses and householders. It also seeks views on a series of proposals for what the recycling environment could look like in the future, and makes suggestions on possible ways to improve the quality and quantity of municipal waste recycled in Northern Ireland.

Find the discussion documents and ways for you to respond on the DAERA website.

The closing date for submissions is 4 October 2020.

First published 4 August 2020