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 South Tipperary has decreased by 3,463 compared to 2009 figures. This reduction in household waste reflects the 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.
Ms Fiona McCoole, EPA Office of Climate, Licensing and Resource Use commented: “The 2010 National Waste Report findings illustrate that progress is being made in managing and dealing effectively with waste while highlighting the challenges that lie ahead. The EPA’s National Waste Prevention Programme provides the support needed for homes, businesses and communities to work towards resource efficiency and conservation initiatives for waste and water.” Ms McCoole continued: “People in South Tipperary can visit Stop Food Waste at www.stopfoodwaste.ie and BeGreen at www.epa.ie/whatwedo/resource/begreen to learn about simple ways of managing and reducing waste while saving money and helping to protect the environment. These measures are vital as we look ahead to economic recovery and take the actions necessary to decouple waste growth from economic growth.”
The EPA funds many different waste management initiatives for households and businesses including GreenHome, GreenBusiness, Stop Food Waste, and GreenHealthcare initiatives. For further information on these programmes visit http://www.epa.ie/whatwedo/resource/begreen/.