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 also then avoid having to pay for these services.
In order to guide actions in this area, Ireland has a National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP) – which has been in operation since 2004. Over the years the programme has evolved beyond an initial focus on preventing generation of solid wastes to a broader view of preventing wastage across materials, energy and water (primarily because of the integrated nature of relationships between each). 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 (NWPC). View NWPP annual reports.
BeGreen brings together all of the individual programmes and activities developed under the NWPP. View the BeGreen guides and programmes.
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