Waste Management Act 1996
F74 [ Waste prevention programmes.
27A. — (1) The Agency shall establish waste prevention programmes not later than 12 December 2013 in accordance with —
( a ) Article 1 of the Waste Directive (to lay down measures to protect the environment and human health by preventing or reducing the adverse impacts of the generation and management of waste and by reducing overall impacts of resource use and improving the efficiency of such use), and
( b ) the waste hierarchy set out in section 21A .
(2)( a ) The programmes referred to in subsection (1) shall be integrated into the waste management plans provided for in section 22 or into other environmental policy programmes, as appropriate, or shall function as separate programmes.
( b ) Where such programmes are integrated into a waste management plan or into other programmes, the waste prevention measures shall be clearly identified.
(3)( a ) The programmes provided for in subsection (1) shall set out waste prevention objectives.
( b ) The Agency shall describe the existing prevention measures and evaluate the usefulness of the examples of measures indicated in the First Schedule or other appropriate measures.
( c ) The aim of such objectives and measures shall be to break the link between economic growth and the environmental impacts associated with the generation of waste.
(4) The Agency —
( a ) shall determine appropriate specific qualitative or quantitative benchmarks for waste prevention measures adopted in order to monitor and assess the progress of the measures, and
( b ) may determine specific qualitative or quantitative targets and indicators, other than those referred to in subsection (5) , for the same purpose.
(5) Indicators adopted in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 39(3) of the Waste Directive shall have effect.
(6) The Agency shall from time to time as it thinks appropriate, and at least once in each period of 6 years after the date of making of a waste prevention programme, evaluate the plan and make such revisions to it, in accordance with Article 9 of the Waste Directive and Regulation 31 of the Regulations of 2011, as it thinks fit and references in Part II and this Part to such a plan shall, unless the context otherwise requires, be construed as including references to such a plan as so revised.
(7) Upon the establishment of a waste prevention programme or programmes or of any revisions thereto, the Agency shall —
( a ) cause to be published in at least one national newspaper a notice of that fact and of the means by which a copy of the plan, as made or revised, may be obtained by members of the public at a cost not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, and
( b ) furnish a copy of the plan, as made or revised, to the Minister and each local authority, and any other public authority which in the opinion of the Agency has an interest in the programme or programmes.
(8) In this section, “ revise ” , in relation to a waste prevention programme, includes a review of the programme. ]
Inserted (31.03.2011) by European Communities (Waste Directive) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 126 of 2011), reg. 13.