Waste Characterisation

In our everyday lives we produce a general mix of waste in our homes, offices, schools and similar premises. The composition of this waste varies over time in response to changes in consumption patterns, manufacturing and waste management practices.

The EPA carries out regular waste characterisation studies to provide up-to-date information on the composition of the waste we generate in Ireland.

Our most recent characterisation study was carried out in 2017-2018. The key findings are summarised in the factsheets and reports below. 

The results highlight that there is considerable room for improvement in how Irish households and businesses segregate their waste. By using the correct bin for our waste, we can help to significantly improve Ireland's recycling rates.