Environmental Fund

​​​The Waste Management (Amendment) Act, 2001 provides for the establishment of an Environment Fund, to be managed and controlled by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment. Revenues from the levies on plastic shopping bags and the landfill of waste are paid into the Fund, which may be utilised, for a range of purposes. These include assistance in the following areas:

  • schemes to prevent/reduce waste
  • waste recovery activities
  • research & development into waste management
  • production, distribution or sale of products deemed to be less harmful to the environment than other similar products
  • development of producer initiatives to prevent/reduce waste arising from their activities
  • implementation of waste management plans
  • enforcement of the provisions of any enactment relating to waste management, prevention of litter or protection of the environment
  • partnership projects, that involve local authorities, to improve the quality of the environment for particular local communities
  • promotion of awareness of the need to protect the environment, including national and regional campaigns
  • promotion /support of education and training to assist achievement of campaign objectives
  • resources (human or material) to enable education and training to be carried out
  • initiatives undertaken by community groups and others for protection of the environment
  • such other purposes for protection of the environment as may be prescribed by the Minister in regulations.