The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published its National Waste Report for 2010 which provides data on Ireland’s waste generation and management and the progress being made in meeting national and international waste targets.
The report found that household waste collected in North Tipperary has increased by 1,825 tonnes compared to 2009 figures. This increase in household waste does not reflect national trends. There has been a decrease in personal consumption in the economic downturn, despite an increase in population. Ireland’s municipal waste – commercial, household and street cleaning waste - decreased by 3.6% between 2009 and 2010 and has decreased 16% overall since its highest level in 2007. The report also reveals a very positive change - Ireland’s municipal waste recovery rate (recovery means any operation which results in waste serving a useful purpose, e.g. use of waste as a fuel or composting of food waste) increased by 3% to 42% in total and waste disposed to landfill decreased 13% from 2009 to 2010.