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Environment Legislation

Main Legislation

Local Government (Water Pollution) Act 1977

Local Government (Water Pollution)(Amendment) Act 1990

Air Pollution Act 1987

Waste Management Act 1996

Waste Management (Amendment) Act 2001

Annex

(Extract from Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government web site)

Regulations under the Waste Management Act, 1996 (No.10 of 1996)
Waste Management (Licensing) Regulations, 1997 (S.I. No. 133 of 1997).

These Regulations provided for the commencement and operation of the system of waste licensing by the EPA, in accordance with Part V of the 1996 Act.

Waste Management (Planning) Regulations, 1997 (S.I. No. 137 of 1997)

These Regulations specify matters to be addressed in local authority waste management plans.

Waste Management (Register) Regulations, 1997 (S.I. No. 183 of 1997)

These Regulations prescribe information to be entered in public registers to be maintained by local authorities and the EPA.

Waste Management (Packaging) Regulations, 1997 (S.I. No. 242 of 1997)

These Regulations impose producer responsibility obligations on persons (manufacturers, packer/fillers, distributors and retailers) who supply packaging to the Irish market, and transpose certain requirements of the EU Packaging Directive.

Waste Management (Farm plastics) Regulations, 1997 (S.I. No. 315 of 1997)

These Regulations impose producer responsibility obligations on persons (manufacturers, and importers) who supply certain farm plastics to the Irish market.

European Communities (Licensing of Incinerators of Hazardous Waste) Regulations, 1998 (S.I. No. 64 of 1998).

These Regulations implement EU Council Directive 94/67/EC on the incineration of hazardous waste.

Waste Management (Amendment of Waste Management Act, 1996) Regulations, 1998 (S.I. No. 146 of 1998).

These Regulations amend the scope of section 51(2) of the 1996 Act, concerning the recovery of sludges and agricultural waste.

Waste Management (Movement of Hazardous Waste) Regulations, 1998 (S.I. No. 147 of 1998).

These Regulations provide for a system of consignment notes in respect of the movement of hazardous waste within the State and transpose certain related EU requirements into Irish legislation.

Waste Management (Use of Sewage Sludge in Agriculture) Regulations, 1998 (S.I. No. 148 of 1998).

These replace 1991 Regulations made for the purpose of giving effect to Council Directive 86/278/EEC on the protection of the environment, and in particular of the soil, when sewage sludge is used in agriculture.

Waste Management (Transfrontier Shipments of Waste) Regulations, 1998 (S.I. No. 149 of 1998). These replace 1994 Regulations made for the purposes of giving effect to Council Regulation (EEC) No. 259/93 on the supervision and control of shipments of waste within, into and out of the European Community, and provide for certain administrative details, in particular relating to enforcement.

Waste Management (Licensing) (Amendment)) Regulations, 1998 (S.I. No. 162 of 1998).

These Regulations prescribe the day on or after which further specified classes of waste recovery and disposal activity require an EPA waste licence, and provide for related amendments of the Waste Management (Licensing) Regulations, 1997.

Waste Management (Hazardous Waste) Regulations, 1998 (S.I. No. 163 of 1998).

These Regulations update and replace a number of previous Regulations, and implement provisions of several EU directives relating to asbestos waste, batteries and accumulators, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), waste oils and hazardous wastes generally.

Waste Management (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations, 1998 (S.I. No. 164 of 1998).

These Regulations provide for the permitting by local authorities of waste oil collection, and other miscellaneous matters.

Waste Management (Permit) Regulations, 1998 (S.I. No. 165 of 1998).

These Regulations provide for the granting of waste permits by local authorities in respect of specified waste recovery and disposal activities.

European Communities (Amendment of Waste Management Act, 1996) Regulations, 1998 (S.I. No. 166 of 1998).

These Regulations amend certain provisions of the 1996 Act for the purpose of enabling full effect.

Waste Management (Packaging) (Amendment) Regulations, 1998 (S.I. No. 382 of 1998)

These Regulations amend the Waste Management (Packaging) Regulations, 1997 to provide that a person may not supply packaging or packaged products to the Irish market unless the packaging concerned complies with essential requirements as to its nature and composition.

Waste Management (Hazardous Waste) (Amendment) Regulations, 2000 (S.I. No. 73 of 2000)

The Waste Management (Hazardous Waste) (Amendment) Regulations, 2000 give effect to the provisions of Commission Directive 98/101/EC of 22 December 1998, which prohibits the marketing of all batteries and accumulators containing more than 0.0005% of mercury by weight, including those cases where the batteries and accumulators are incorporated into appliances. Button cells and batteries composed of button cells with a mercury content of no more than 2% by weight are exempted from this prohibition.

Waste Management (Licensing) Regulations, 2000 (S.I. No. 185 of 2000)

The Regulations consolidate the 1997 and 1998 Regulations, with a number of minor technical amendments, but also provide specifically for the licensing of mobile waste treatment plant to operate at more than one location.

Waste Management (Farm Plastics) Regulations, 2001 (S.I. No. 341 of 2001)

These Regulations revise and replace the regulations of 1997 and are designed to assist the improved recovery of waste farm plastics. The Regulations impose obligations on producers and suppliers of certain farm plastics for this purpose including obligations, as appropriate, to operate a deposit and refund scheme, to collect waste farm plastics, to take steps for the recovery of such waste, to register with and provide information to local authorities and to provide information to purchasers. An exemption from these obligations is available to persons who participate in a waste recovery scheme operated by an approved body.

Waste Management (Prescribed Date) Regulations, 2001 (S.I. No. 390 of 2001)

These Regulations provide that 14 September 2001 is the prescribed date by which a waste management plan under section 22 of the Waste Management Act, 1996 must be made.

Waste Management (Licensing) (Amendment) Regulations, 2001 (S.I. No. 397 of 2001)

These Regulations amend Article 23(1) of the Waste Management (Licensing) Regulations, 2000 (S.I. No. 185 of 2000). They provide that an application for the grant or review of a waste licence may be withdrawn only where the said application concerns a proposed waste activity.

Waste Management (Collection Permit) Regulations, 2001 (S.I. No. 402 of 2001)

These Regulations prescribe that on or after 30 November 2001, the collection of waste on a commercial basis requires a waste collection permit from a relevant local authority in accordance with section 34(1) of the Act. The Regulations set out procedures for the making of permit applications, public consultation, consideration by local authorities of submissions in relation to permit applications, and the grant, refusal and review of permits by local authorities. Certain waste collection activities that are subject to controls under other legislation are exempt from the permitting requirement.

Waste Management (Environmental Levy) (Plastic Bag) Regulations, 2001 (S.I.No. 605 of 2001).

These Regulations provide for the imposition of an environmental levy of 15 cent on plastic bags from 4th March, 2002. They also provide for the arrangements for the collection of the levy and specify the times at which the levy shall be paid.

Waste Management (Packaging) Regulations, 2003

These Regulations replace the Waste Management (Packaging) Regulations, 1997 and are designed to promote the recovery of packaging waste. They are intended, in particular, to facilitate the achievement of the targets for the recovery of packaging waste established by Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste.

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