Section 22 of the Waste Management Act, 1996 and the Waste Management Planning Regulations, 1997 oblige all local authorities in the country to establish and implement Waste Management Plans to promote responsible waste management.
Leitrim County Council is committed to promoting responsible waste management in County Leitrim. Since 2001 all local authorities in the province have participated in the Connaught Waste Management Planning process. However, the number of planning regions was reduced in 2012 from ten to three. In accordance with Section 22 (3) of the Waste Management act, 1996 -2012, Leitrim County Council is committed to the North West Region comprising Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim as well as Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan. In accordance with Section 22 (2) of the Waste Management Act, 1996 to 2012, an evaluation of the Replacement Waste Management Plan for the Connacht Region 2006 – 2011 was completed in 2012.
The process of preparing a Waste Management Plan for the new North West Region will commence in the second half of 2013 and it is expected that the new plan will be in place in 2014. These Waste Management Plans have to follow the hierarchical approach, which recommends waste avoidance and prevention, Re-use, recycling and energy recovery as preferred options to waste disposal.
The new plan will be made in accordance with Section 22 of the Waste Management Act, 1996 and will take account of European and National legislation and National Policy including the most recent Waste Policy entitled a Resource Opportunity, Waste Management Policy in Ireland.