Mr. Dick Roche T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, today (28th November 2006) addressed the 4th National Waste Summit, organised by the Sunday Business Post and iQuest.
The Summit, taking place over two days in Croke Park, is examining the key issues and challenges to be faced in continuing to deliver Ireland's waste management infrastructure and services, including the future regulation of the waste management sector.
As well as producing the necessary infrastructure to enable us achieve our recycling targets the Minister said that "for the last decade, this Government has been developing the legal and policy framework for a more sustainable and responsible approach to waste management and in doing so we have created the environmental and economic conditions to attract further investment in recycling and recovery".
Minister Roche said that, while a radical transformation has taken place in recycling performance in Ireland in recent years, there are further challenges ahead noting that "in order to realise our ambitions in regard to waste management we must go much further in terms of both practice and infrastructure and must continue to address all levels of the waste hierarchy in an integrated way".
Finally, the Minister expressed confidence that by working together the Government, the local authorities and the maturing waste industry can continue to deliver the solutions required to deliver world class waste management to complement and support our world class economy.