The Southern Region Waste Management Office launched the Waste Management Plan 2015 – 2021 at the LIT Thurles Campus on May 14th 2015. The launch was hosted by Joe MacGrath Chief Executive, Tipperary County Council.
The Plan is available to view and download at: www.southernwasteregion.ie/content/southern-region-waste-management-plan...
For the purposes of waste management planning, Ireland is now divided into three regions: Southern, Eastern and Midlands, Connacht Ulster.
In 2013, the rationalisation of the existing 10 waste management planning regions resulted in the reconfiguration of four of the ten, namely the Cork Region, Limerick / Clare / Kerry Region, South East Region and part of the Midlands Region, into the Southern Waste Region, which encompasses the local authorities of: Carlow; Clare; Cork City; Cork County; Kerry; Kilkenny; Limerick City & County; Tipperary; Waterford City & County; and, Wexford.
Over 1.5 million people live in the Southern Region. For most individuals and households kerbside collection remains the most efficient and popular method for recycling and waste disposal. Waste collectors across the region compile statistics on what they collect annually and you may be interested to know that, in 2014, 67% of the households in the Region were signed up to a collection service and each household placed on average 880 kgs of material for collection at the kerbside.
A lot has happened across the Southern Region since the last plans were published between 2004 and 2006 such as:
- A network of 770 Bottle bank sites were maintained
- A network of 50 Civic Amenity Sites accepting more than 25 categories of waste were maintained;
- A household recovery/recycling rate of 63% was achieved
- A commercial recovery / recycling rate of 61% was achieved
- A reduction in the weight of household waste managed per person in the last 3 years
- A packaging recovery rate of 87% was achieved
- An average of7.3 kg of WEEE was collected per person from private households
The regional plan provides the framework for waste management for the next six years and sets out a range of policies and actions in order to meet the specified mandatory and performance targets.
Most importantly the plan seeks to assist and support the community and local business to develop resource efficiency and waste prevention initiatives. Three key targets set out in the Plan are:
- 1% reduction per annum in the quantity of household waste generated per capita over the period of the Plan,
- achieve a recycling rate of 50% of managed municipal waste by 2020, and
- reduce to 0% the direct disposal of unprocessed municipal waste to landfill (from 2016 onwards) in favour of higher value pre-treatment processes and indigenous recovery practices.
In tandem the plan identifies measures to develop a circular economy where waste management initiatives stop being confined to treating and disposing of waste, instead supporting initiatives that value waste as a resource or potential raw material
A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and an Appropriate Assessment (AA) of the impact of the plan was been carried out.
More information and the full plan is available from:
Southern Region Waste Management Office,
Phone: 061 49 65 96.
Fax :061 58 39 55.