EPA Waste Data Release, 20 December 2017
Latest Reference Year 2014
Municipal waste recovery increased from 59% to 79% between 2012 and 2014 due to the increase in municipal residual waste used as a fuel.
Municipal waste recycling was 41% in 2014 compared to 40% in 2012.
Municipal waste treatment, 2014
Municipal waste is household as well as commercial and other waste that because of its nature or composition is similar to household waste. Municipal waste includes residual waste, dry recyclables (glass, plastic, paper & board, metals), food and garden waste, bulky waste, waste electrical and electronic equipment and batteries. Municipal sludges and effluents are not included in scope.
- 2,575 kilotonnes of municipal waste was managed in 2014 (4% increase compared to 2012).
- 79% of managed municipal waste was recovered (59% in 2012). Recovery includes treatment processes such as recycling, use as a fuel (incineration and co-incineration) and backfilling.
- 41% of managed municipal waste was recycled (40% in 2012). Recycling includes reprocessing of waste materials into products, composting and anaerobic digestion.
- 21% of managed municipal waste was disposed (41% in 2012).
Municipal residual waste treatment has undergone significant change in Ireland in recent years, with less disposed to landfill and more sent for use as a fuel. This reflects a similar trend across EU Member States.
The future focus for municipal waste treatment will be to prevent it arising (with a particular focus on food waste), increase preparation for reuse (e.g. waste electrical and electronic equipment) and increase recycling. Ireland’s recycling rate didn’t change significantly between 2012 and 2014. With more challenging recycling rates proposed under the Circular Economy Package, Ireland will need initiatives and policies to improve municipal recycling rates.
|Treatment type||Recovery code(s)||2012 (tonnes)||2014 (tonnes)|
|Material recycling||R2-R11 (excluding part of R3)||828,492||863,172|
|Composting and digestion||Part of R3||156,212||180,017|
|Incineration / energy recovery||R1||427,093||893,030|
|Treatment type||Disposal code(s)||2012 (tonnes)||2014 (tonnes)|
|Incineration / disposal||D10||49||92|
|Landfill / disposal||D1-D7, D12||1,027,577||536,530|
|Total municipal waste managed||2,478,337||2,575,218|
|Total municipal waste generated (generated = managed + estimate household unmanaged waste) (see note)||2,692,537||2,619,023|
|Note: The methodology for estimating household unmanaged waste was revised for 2014 reference year.|
|% Recovery (of managed)||59%||79%|
|% Recycling (of managed)||40%||41%|
|% Disposal (of managed)||41%||21%|
|Municipal waste generated by origin, 2014||Tonnes|
|Waste generated by households||1,437,468|
|Waste generated by other sources||1,181,554|
|Municipal waste generated by type of waste, 2014||Tonnes|
|Generation of household and similar waste||2,345,238|
|Generation of bulky waste||236,511|
|Generation of waste electrical and electronic equipment||37,274|
|Municipal waste managed (tonnes)||3,174,565||3,103,820||2,824,977||2,580,435||2,558,345||2,478,337||Note 1||2,575,218|
|Note 1: 2013 is an interim reporting year and municipal waste managed data were not collected|