National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP)

Waste Prevention is to be preferred to any waste management option - do not generate the waste. By not generating waste, we can eliminate the need to handle, transport, treat and dispose of waste. We can also avoid having to pay for these services.

The Minister of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government launched the National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP) in April 2004.  It is being led by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The Minister also set up the National Waste Prevention Committee (NWPC) which includes a broad stakeholder group who meet periodically to provide strategic direction for the EPA in implementing the National Waste Prevention Programme.  View NWPP annual reports.

The aim is to deliver substantive results on waste prevention and minimisation and integrate a range of initiatives addressing awareness-raising, technical and financial assistance, training and incentive mechanisms. EPA NWPP will consider applications for funding from suitable organisations that wish to engage in waste prevention or re-use.  Intending applicants should contact the EPA in advance of submitting any written materials. 


BeGreen brings together all of the individual programmes and activities developed under the NWPP. View the BeGreen guides and programmes.