The EU Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC) requires Member States to have in place waste management plans (i.e. a waste strategy, implementation plans and supporting documents) and to revise these every sixth year. Northern Ireland’s current Waste Management Strategy “Towards Resource Management” was published in March 2006 and set the strategic direction for waste management in Northern Ireland at that time.
This draft revised Waste Management Strategy itself sets out in detail those proposed policies, including specific actions to be taken. Strategy development is a continuous process and the Waste Management Strategy for Northern Ireland is considered as a living document, requiring regular review and revision to ensure that it remains relevant and the policies and actions therein remain appropriate.