What is the Eastern-Midlands
Waste Management Region?

The EMWR is one of Ireland’s three Waste Management Regions. The Region has 12 constituent local authorities, stretching from Dublin in the east, Louth to the north and Wicklow to the south.

Dublin City Council is the lead authority within the Region acting on behalf of the other authorities and hosting the Eastern-Midlands Waste Regional Office (EMWRO). This office has responsibility for the successful implantation of the EMWR waste management plan. The Region covers both urban and rural with a population of approximately 2.2 million with an 80 / 20 split dominated by the Dublin which has the largest population and highest economic activity in the region and nationally.

What’s our waste plan?

The Eastern Midlands Region Waste Management plan is a statutory document prepared by the local authorities of the region. It covers the period from 2015 to 2021, after which time it will be revised or replaced. It is underpinned by National and European waste legislation and the work carried out will ensure the continued management of waste in a safe and sustainable manner. The vision for the plan is to reconsider our approach and attitudes towards managing waste. The primary focus will be to view waste as a valuable resource in conjunction with making better use of current resources along with the reduction of leakage of material, to include energy, as we make the transition from a linear to a circular economy. While there will be many areas to cover and many crossovers within the implementation of the plan the eight Strategic Objectives within the plan will see an overall achievement of the outlined goals.

What are our plan targets?

We aim to achieve a 1% reduction per annum in the quality of household waste generated per capita over the period of the Eastern Midlands Region Waste Management plan.

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.

We aim to achieve a recycling rate of 50% of managed municipal waste by 2020.

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