Waste prevention is a critical part of resource efficiency and is essential to delivering a circular economy. It addresses not just ‘waste’ but also wastage of resources in the broadest terms.
Ireland has a well-established National Waste Prevention Programme which is seen as an example of best practice in the EU. The work of the programme which is delivered by the EPA on behalf of this Department, is overseen by National Waste Prevention Committee (NWPC). The committee is comprised of a wide range of stakeholders in the area of waste management, environmental protection, business and community engagement.
The programme provides business, households and the public sector with guidance and supports on how to be more resource efficient. This includes activities and initiatives such as the:
The latest National Waste Prevention Plan titled ‘Towards a resource efficient Ireland and the annual progress reports for the National Waste Prevention Program are available on the EPAs website.