National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP)


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

Resource Efficiency is about reducing environmental impact and cutting costs. Our programmes provide businesses, households and the public sector with guidance & supports to be more efficient. Visit the BeGreen section of the website to learn more.

Towards a Resource Efficeicnt Ireland

In order to guide actions in this area, Ireland has a National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP) – which has been in operation since 2004. The latest NWPP is titled ‘Towards a Resource Efficient Ireland’ to reflect this broad approach and to highlight the key role for the programme in delivering on national priorities on competitiveness and green growth.

‌Towards a Resource Efficient Ireland is led by the EPA in association with the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. Oversight and direction for the programme comes through the National Waste Prevention Committee. To learn more about EPA work on waste prevention, view the NWPP annual reports.