EPA Confidentiality Statement for Official European Waste Statistics

Version 1.0 published 10 November 2021.

General provisions

The Environmental Protection Agency undertakes to strictly preserve the confidentiality of any information relating to the affairs of any company dealing with the Environmental Protection Agency.  A Confidentiality Statement is signed by all new staff, including Directors and private contractors as part of the onboarding process. The Confidentiality Statement outlines the extensive pieces of legislation that secure the appropriate levels of confidentiality of the information being managed by the EPA:

  • Sections 39 and 40 of the Environmental Protection Act, 1992-1995
  • EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC
  • Data Protection Acts, 1988, 2003 and 2018
  • E-Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations, 2011
  • EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679

Waste data

The majority of waste data collected by the EPA for European and national reporting purposes are not collected primarily or exclusively for waste statistics purposes but under licence compliance and other European reporting purposes such as the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) Regulations 2007 and 2011.

Where specific subsets of EPA licensee data or waste data from other third-parties are collected and used solely for statistical reporting purposes, the EPA Waste Statistics Team applies strict statistical confidentiality provisions to these data.  Results are published in aggregated form and measures are taken to ensure that details relating to an identifiable person or enterprise are not inadvertently divulged.