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 13 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 and participation in international conventions. The current 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.
National Waste Statistics Summary Report for 2018
View the report to learn more about the generation & treatment of Ireland's waste in 2018
This factsheet gives a summary overview of the results from the EPA's 2018 waste characterisation study
Date released: December 11, 2020
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published its latest hazardous waste figures for Ireland. Hazardous waste includes ash produced by waste to energy facilities, contaminated soils and chemicals.
Date released: November 17, 2020
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new campaign to encourage people to take a simple action to reduce food waste, by freezing surplus food before its use-by date.
Date released: September 29, 2020
New findings from an EPA survey, show food waste is a high priority in Irish households, with 54% of those surveyed reporting this issue as a concern to them. The survey shows that people have a strong sense of their role in preventing food waste and expect retailers; restaurants; and manufacturers to act on food waste.
Here you will find guidance on list of waste codes, recovery & disposal codes, municipal waste types and waste generation sources