Over 100 million tonnes of materials are used in Ireland each year. These materials are valuable and should be kept in use for as long as possible. However, most materials are used for a short period of time and often end up as waste. Reusing and repairing things help to reduce the amount of new materials we use – and also reduces environmental impacts such as increases in greenhouse gas emissions.
The National Waste Prevention Programme has a focus on resources and raw materials, particularly the reuse and repair of these materials which are importance of these life cycle stages in the circular economy. Examples of challenges include:
By preventing waste and driving the circular economy , we can make the most of our resources and minimise the raw materials we use while also protecting the environment.
The EPA provides tools and information to businesses, households and the public sector to influence behavioural change and support sustainable choices. For businesses, the circular economy reduces costs, improves the raw material supply chain and offers opportunities such as new business models and markets. For individuals, the circular economy offers a sustainable lifestyle with reduced environmental impact and lower household bills.
Our main activities in this area include:
Check out some of our partnership 2020 highlights below: