What is the A-Z Waste Management Act 1996 Course?

The Waste Management Act 1996 as amended is at the centre of everything we do regarding waste management.  This new course which was written in 2023 is designed to provide an overview of the whole Act.  Since 1996 the Act has provided the main waste management framework for the waste industry and it has been amended almost 30 times since it was first written.  This course begins by exploring the history and changes to the Waste Management Act and then progresses on to look at each of the seven parts of the Act in turn providing delegates with a clear overview of each of these parts.  At the end of the course delegates will be familiar with each of the sections in the Act and how they come together to form a strategic framework legal basis for the waste management industry.


At the heart of almost everything to do with waste management you find the Waste Management Act.  It creates the foundations for waste collection, waste facilities, hazardous waste, enforcement and inspection, producer responsibility and many other aspects of modern day waste management.  Very often people approach the Waste Management Act looking at a small section of it with the objective of understanding a small part of the fine detail of the Act.  We have a different view.  The Act should be regarded as a complete document and each section set in context so that the bigger picture is visible.  By doing this delegates develop a real understanding of the whole legal framework and can fill in the missing gaps as they continue to learn more about the detail.

This course is ideally suited to people who have a significant waste management role in a company or act as a regulator or as part of a compliance scheme team.   By late 2023 the majority of the Circular Economy and Misellaneous Provisions Act 2022 has been commenced and this has had a massive impact on the Waste Management Act.  These changes will be as profound as the POE Act in 2003, so we think many of our trainees will benefit from an update on all this.  The course is accompanied by a manual and also a copy of the most up-to-date consolidated version of the Waste Management Act currently 1996 to 2022.

Who is this course for?

Any waste professional that needs to understand the key aspect of the waste management system either as regulator, waste producers, facility operators or other professionals.

Course Delivery

All ETS training courses are provided with comprehensive courseware which includes a manual and any other supporting information that is required during the delivery of the training.  Manuals are maintained in an up to date condition and are always relevant to of course that is being delivered.  We design our training delivery so that they not only provide information with powerpoint slides, but also comprises group work and individual exercises to allow delegates to get a deeper understanding of the courseware.  All our courses are delivered face to face and manuals are provided at the event to ensure every delegate has all of the information they need to have a positive, high quality training experience with us.


The course can be run at the Tullamore and Dublin venues and dates are demand led.  Contact us to register your interest.  Once we have a viable team registered we will offer dates to delegates.  Alternatively we will run this as an inhouse programme if you have a group within your organisation.


This course is not subject to assessment at present.


A Certificate will be issued to participants who successfully attend the event.

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