National Waste Management Plan for a Circular Economy 2024-2030

The Waste Management Act 1996 requires Local Authorities to make a waste management plan either individually or collectively for their functional areas.

A draft Plan was published for consultation from the 3rd May to the 5th July 2023 and all comments raised in the consultation were considered in the process of the completion of this final Plan.

Ireland is moving away from the traditional linear ‘take-make-use-dispose’ model towards a ‘circular economy’ regenerative growth model where resources are reused or recycled as much as possible and the generation of waste is minimised. The transition to a circular economy is essential to reduce pressure on natural resources, aid in achieving climate targets, support Sustainable Development Goals and create sustainable growth and jobs.

The transition to a circular economy requires a collaborative national response across all sectors of the economy through the lifecycle of products and materials.

This plan covers the period 2024 – 2030.