Environment Minister Edwin Poots MLA is asking the public to help him shape how Northern Ireland recycles, collects and separates waste from households and businesses.
The Minister was speaking as he launched a 14-week consultation on the “Future Recycling and Separate Collection of Waste of a Household Nature in Northern Ireland”.
Of the consultation, Minister Poots said: “This is an extremely important discussion document to ensure we increase recycling and maximise how we use and add value to our waste. Using waste well and using it again and again creates jobs, creates high-quality, low-cost recycled packaging and keeps waste out of our environment and in our economy.
“People in Northern Ireland have really embraced recycling and at a quicker pace than the rest of the UK – recycling over 50% of their household waste, 18 months ahead of our own and European targets.
“It’s an impressive milestone and one that I know that we can improve upon. But if we are to encourage householders and businesses to recycle more, and indeed ask them to use recycled products, we have to first understand what will make it easier, what the barriers are and how we can help. That’s what this consultation sets out to do.
“This year businesses will see changes in how their waste is managed. In particular, businesses that produce mixed waste and waste which is similar in nature and composition to waste from households, such as paper, metal, plastic and glass, will be required to present their waste for recycling and ensure it is separated. Therefore it’s also critical that we hear from businesses to understand how we can help them recycle more, reduce their waste and use their waste better.
“The consultation is seeking views on a range of proposals, which will help shape the landscape of waste management in Northern Ireland and I would encourage as many responses as possible.”
It is important to note that this document is for discussion only; it does not introduce any new policies at this stage. Rather, we are seeking a broad range of views through responses to a number of questions. We welcome responses from all sectors, age-groups, organisations and individuals. A series of two-hour workshops will take place to assist key stakeholders, details of which will be available in due course.
The consultation opens today and runs for a 14 week period, closing on 4th October 2020 at midnight.
You can find the document and details of how to respond at https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/consultations/discussion-future-recycling-and-separate-collection-waste-household-nature-northern-ireland