We produce a range of official statistics on waste generation and management in Ireland. These are used for reporting on Ireland’s performance in meeting its legal obligations, for policy and waste management planning purposes and to inform the general public. We compile our waste statistics from surveys and administrative data sources.
People living in Ireland produce more than 14 million tonnes of waste every year. We do this in our homes, our places of work and leisure.
International and national waste policy is drawn up so that we produce less waste, and that the waste we do create is recycled as much as possible. What cannot be recycled should at least serve another useful purpose (such as energy production).
A large proportion of Ireland's waste legislation springs from our membership of the European Union. The EU Circular Economy package of measures is designed to ensure that once raw materials have entered our economy, they are kept in circulation for as long as possible, rather than being disposed of after one use. Find out more about the EPA's role in driving the Circular Economy in Ireland.
for the year 2021
View the report to learn more about the generation & treatment of Ireland's waste in 2021
Packaging Waste in Ireland in 2020
View the factsheet to learn more about the generation & treatment of Ireland's packaging waste in 2020
This infographic gives a summary overview of Ireland's ELV statistics for 2021
View the report to learn more about the generation & treatment of Ireland's waste in 2020
Here you will find guidance on list of waste codes, recovery & disposal codes, municipal waste types and waste generation sources
Date released: September 21, 2023
The EPA has today published the latest National Municipal Waste Characterisation Project. The project results show very little change in Ireland’s household and commercial waste management practices since 2018.
Date released: June 29, 2023
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launched a new Food Waste Charter, calling on all businesses and State Agencies operating across the food supply chain to sign up and commit to reducing food waste.
Date released: June 09, 2023
The former Director of Neiphin Trading Limited, operators of a waste facility in Kerdiffstown, Co Kildare, was today sentenced to three years in prison on each of three charges for serious environmental offences. The sentences will run concurrently with the final 12 months suspended.