Recovery and Disposal of Municipal Waste

Environmental Indicators :: Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland

Municipal waste is made up of household waste, as well as commercial waste that is similar in nature to household waste.  In 2018, Ireland generated 2.9 Mtonnes of municipal waste.  Over three quarters (85 per cent) of municipal waste was recovered in 2018. This increase from 77 per cent in 2017 was driven by a rise in the quantity of municipal waste that was incinerated with energy recovery. The recycling rate was 38 per cent in 2018, which is lower than the 40 per cent in 2017 and 41 per cent in 2016. This indicates that Ireland’s recycling rate for municipal waste has started to slip in recent years. Ireland’s national waste statistics can be found here.

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Status for Indicator at Amber