Waste Enforcement

Nationally, waste enforcement in 2016 was 'Above Target', showing an improvement from being ' On Target' in 2014 and 2015. Specific areas of interest within this include:

  • Local authorities meeting their stated waste inspection targets from 64% in 2014 to 87% in 2015.
  • Number of inspections being conducted remains 'On Target'. This indicates that local authorities are fulfilling the required number of surveys set for each authority. However, littering remains an area of concern.
  • Local authorities operate a number of waste facilities that are licensed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) e.g. civic amenity sites. Local authority performance was 'Excellent' regarding the operation of such sites.
  • Submission of local authority waste data to the EPA improved from 'On Target' in 2015 to 'Above Target' in 2016.

Overall, 10 local authorities were 'Excellent', 17 were 'Above Target' or 'On Target', and 4 were 'Below Target', 'Minimum', or 'Unsatisfactory' with respect to waste enforcement in 2016.

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