What we do

Ireland’s National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP) was established in 2004 and is led by the EPA. Its mission is to prevent waste and drive the circular economy. The NWPP focuses on national level strategic programmes with high visibility, impact and influence. The desired outcome is to mobilise individuals, businesses and the public sector to realise the economic and environmental opportunities presented by increased circularity.

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Circular economy & you

Learn more about the Circular economy, what's happening and how you can play your part.

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Food waste

The national programme for food waste prevention is led by the EPA

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The Smart Farming programme shows ways to reduce environmental impacts, waste and costs

Latest publications in Circular Economy

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NWPP Annual Report 2019

National waste prevention programme

Annual report 2019

Circular Economy Programme 2021-2027
Ireland's Circular Economy Programme

Consultation of Ireland's Circular Economy Programme 2021-2027

Proposal to replace the National Waste Prevention Programme

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Nature and Extent of Food Waste in Ireland

How much food do we waste in Ireland?

Prepared March 2021; this document is intended to provide a snapshot on the nature and extent of food waste in Ireland based on currently available information and may subsequently be amended as new information comes available.

Latest News and Press Releases

in: Circular Economy
EPA announces €625,000 funding opportunity for innovative Irish businesses in the Circular Economy

Date released: June 17, 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launches its €625,000 funding opportunity for Irish enterprises to innovate, demonstrate and implement circular economy approaches in their business models.

The story of disposable face masks – video claims top prize in the EPA’s The Story of Your Stuff 2021 competition

Date released: April 21, 2021

A video that creatively examines the environmental life cycle of disposable face masks has won the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) The Story of Your Stuff 2021 competition.

Investigating the long-term impacts of everyday decisions at heart of EPA second-level schools’ competition – The Story of Your Stuff

Date released: January 13, 2021

The EPA today launched The Story of Your Stuff, a competition aimed at secondary school students, which seeks to empower young people to make environmentally conscious decisions about their everyday ‘stuff’ and activities.