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The Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997

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[F1Part 1 N.I.Objectives

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Overall objectiveN.I.

1.  To protect the environment and human health by preventing or reducing the adverse impacts of the generation and management of waste and by reducing overall impacts of resource use and improving the efficiency of such use.

Application of the waste hierarchyN.I.

2.(1) To apply the following waste hierarchy as a priority order in waste prevention and management policy—


(b)preparing for re-use;


(d)other recovery (for example energy recovery); and


(2) In applying the waste hierarchy in sub-paragraph (1) the Department shall ensure that it—

(a)encourages the options that deliver the best overall environmental outcome, which may require specific waste streams departing from the hierarchy where this is justified by life-cycle thinking on the overall impacts of the generation and management of such waste;

(b)takes into account—

(i)the general environmental protection principles of precaution and sustainability;

(ii)technical feasibility and economic viability;

(iii)protection of resources; and

(iv)the overall environmental, human health, economic and social impacts.

3.  To ensure that waste management is carried out without endangering human health, without harming the environment and, in particular—N.I.

(a)without risk to water, air, soil, plants or animals;

(b)without causing a nuisance through noise or odours; and

(c)without adversely affecting the countryside or places of special interest.

4.(1) To establish an integrated and adequate network of waste disposal installations and of installations for the recovery of mixed municipal waste collected from private households, including where such collection also covers such waste from other producers, taking into account best available techniques.N.I.

(2) The network must be designed so as to enable the European Union as a whole to become self-sufficient in waste disposal as well as in the recovery of mixed municipal waste collected from private households, and to enable the United Kingdom to move towards that aim individually, taking into account geographical circumstances or the need for specialised installations for certain types of waste.

(3) The network must enable waste to be disposed of or mixed municipal waste collected from private households for recovery, to be recovered in one of the nearest appropriate installations, by means of the most appropriate methods and technologies, so as to ensure a high level of protection for the environment and human health.

(4) This paragraph does not require that the full range of final recovery facilities is located in Northern Ireland.]

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