Northern Ireland's waste management strategy: thirty-first report of session 2005-06; report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence

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Waste legislation in the UK is based on EU Directives, which member states are required to transpose into domestic law. Lengthy transposition delays can result in infraction fines (estimated at around 400,000 per day), and any fines for delays in Northern Ireland are borne by the UK government and then passed on to the Northern Ireland public expenditure budget. The Committee's report examines the transposition delays in Northern Ireland which resulted in a large backlog (although now cleared it peaked at 45 Directives in 2002), the problems encountered by the N.I. Department of the Environment in developing and implementing Northern Ireland's Waste Management Strategy; and the improvements that need to be put in place for the future. The report's findings include the need for the Department to produce a Sustainable Development Strategy by Summer 2006 (which is already overdue by several years); and to improve its performance in achieving waste management strategy targets and implementing the recommendations of its Advisory Board.

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