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EPA report shows continued waste management in Ireland

Wednesday, 1st August, 2018 4:55pm

The programme is designed to support homeowners, businesses and other sectors in finding innovative new ways to reduce waste and to use resources more efficiently.

The report, Towards a Resource Efficient Ireland, showed that 300 households nationwide successfully completed Stop Food Waste Challenges while 2,400 farmers safely disposed of 177 tonnes of hazardous wastes.

Dr Eimear Cotter, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Sustainability, said: “By being clever about what we make and being careful about how we use the goods and services in our lives, we can save raw materials and reduce waste while maintaining a good lifestyle.

“The National Waste Prevention Programme delivers initiatives and supports to promote Ireland’s transition to a low-carbon, circular economy.

“In 2017, the EPA supported reuse activities through the Community Reuse Network of Ireland, including piloting a reuse quality mark, ReMark, which aims to strengthen consumer confidence in reused goods,” added Dr Cotter.

The report also showed that 3,000 tonnes of materials were reused through the SMILE Resource Exchange while 150 of Ireland’s largest water users collaborated to reduce their water usage.

EPA Senior Manager, Dr Shane Colgan said: “The European Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan and revised waste legislation will require Ireland to change consumption and production practices.

“The work of the National Waste Prevention Programme plays a key role in building Ireland’s response in this area by providing leadership in innovative ways to keep the added value in products for as long as possible and eliminate wastage.”

The NWPP, which has been operating since 2004, is a Government of Ireland initiative funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and is led by the EPA. Oversight and direction for the programme comes through the National Waste Prevention Committee.

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