Northern Ireland Waste Management Strategy Published
Almost one year to the day after launching a consultation exercise, the Department of the Environment have published the revised Northern Ireland Waste Management Strategy entitled “Delivering Resource Efficiency”.
In his foreword the Minister, Mark H Durkan, introduces the Strategy stating “It is widely accepted that waste should be treated as a resource with a value.” and he goes on to say “It is not possible to prevent re-use or recycle all of the waste we produce and the next priority is to extract value from the residual waste in the form of energy or other by-products through the most appropriate technologies.”
In response to its publication Ricky Burnett, arc21 Policy and Operations Director commented
“This is the third edition of a waste management strategy for Northern Ireland and we acknowledge its publication after what has been a fairly protracted period of time since the consultation process. It publication now enables us to complete the review of our Waste Management Plan and we would hope to consult on a draft of the reviewed plan in the very near future.
We particularly welcome the Minister’s comments on the treatment of residual waste and the Department’s endorsement in the strategy for the use of mechanical biological treatment followed by thermal treatment including cement kilns, gasification and incineration.”