“Reduce waste – improve profits” - Launch of Waste Prevention and Minimisation Training

Date released: Apr 20 2005

Reduce waste and improve profits: this is the underlying message of the new EPA-sponsored training programme launched today.  Over an eight month period, business and other professionals will learn how to identify, prevent and minimise waste arisings both during industrial processing and from product or service waste. 

Speaking at the launch of the training, Dr Gerry Byrne, EPA Programme Manager said, “Waste prevention is, of course, the best way to stop environmental harm from occurring from commercial activities.  The EPA is delighted to announce that this training course on waste prevention and minimisation is now available for the business sector.  It will equip its participants with the knowledge and skills to produce services and products in a way that minimises impacts from waste generation.  We plan to run the course annually to maximise the development and application of these skills in Ireland”.

The EPA sponsored development of the course under the National Waste Prevention Programme.  The training is being organised by the Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation (IBEC). The Clean Technology Centre (CTC) developed the nine course modules and successful trainees will have their achievements certified by the Cork Institute of Technology.

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Notes to Editor:

The course: Participation in the course will enable ideas on best practice in waste prevention to be explored and experiences to be exchanged.  Key skills will be developed to enable participants to prepare waste performance indicators, identify viable solutions and to manage and implement waste prevention and minimisation programmes in their own organisations.  The course will include nine days of intensive teaching spread over eight months, plus 60 hours of directed self-study and a work place based project with associated tutorial days.

The National Waste Prevention Programme commenced within the EPA in 2004 with a budget from the Environment Fund of €2 million.  This Certified Training Programme in Waste Prevention and Minimisation is just one of a number of projects being progressed.  A stakeholder group, the National Waste Prevention Committee (appointed by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government) is chaired by the EPA and provides strategic direction and support for the programme. 

Waste prevention projects underway include development of waste/material efficiency audit tools, waste characterisation research, the Hazred EU/Life project (prevention of hazardous waste in SMEs), Solvents Directive directory, case study development including zero waste, local authority grant scheme and webpage information development. 

The Prevention Unit provides input to stakeholder groups on recyclables market development, recycling targets, producer responsibility initiatives and the Race Against Waste.  The team also have responsibility for the preparation of the National Waste Database Annual Reports and the National Hazardous Waste Management Plan all of which provide waste management information and promote prevention.