EPA Towards a Resource Efficient – Ireland Ireland’s National Waste Prevention Programme Annual Report for 2016
Irish and EU waste policy is guided by the waste hierarchy, which accords the highest priority to Waste Prevention followed by Preparing for reuse; recycling; and energy recovery; with disposal being the least desirable option. Since 2013, EU Member States have been required to have a national waste prevention programme (NWPP) in place to provide leadership on decoupling economic growth from the environmental impacts of waste generation. Ireland’s well-established NWPP has operated since 2004 and is seen as an exemplar programme.
The current cycle of Ireland’s NWPP is called Towards a Resource Efficient Ireland and it runs from 2014-2020. Over the course of 2016, activities continued in the National Waste Prevention Programme and these are described within this report.