These regulations implement, for Northern Ireland, Directive 2008/98/EC on waste, which has the overall objectives to:

  • protect the environment and human health

  • reduce waste and encourage it to be used as a substitute for other non-renewable resources (substitution principle)

  • ensure that the EU becomes a recycling society by applying the self-sufficiency, polluter pays and proximity principles at both Member State and EU level.

The regulations provide the amendments required to the Environment (Northern Ireland) Order 2002 (SI 2002 No. 3153) and the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 (SI 1997 No. 2778) by:

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