European Reporting

Various European Directives and Regulations have obligations with regard to reporting on waste statistics, whether it is waste generation, treatment, treatment capacity or to indicate compliance with diversion, collection or recovery targets.

The key waste reporting obligations are the Waste Statistics Regulation, the Waste Framework Directive, the Landfill Directive, the Waste Shipments Regulation and the Producer Responsibility Initiative (PRI) Directives (covering waste electrical and electronic equipment, batteries, end-of-life vehicles, packaging). Each piece of legislation has its own reporting deadlines and rules and calculation methods for reporting waste data. See Reporting Schedule for more information (although this is not a complete listing).

The EPA’s National Waste Report and bulletins provide information on particular waste streams. The EPA also regularly updates information outlining Ireland’s progress towards EU recycling, recovery and diversion targets. See National Waste Reports for more information.

The Waste Statistics Regulation requires each Member State to report biennially on waste generation across all economic sectors in the State, waste treatment in the State and the number and capacity of certain recovery and disposal operations in the State. The EPA, in co-operation with the Central Statistics Office, collates, verifies, analyses and submits the datasets to Eurostat (the Statistical Office of the European Communities). The 2010 datasets were submitted to Eurostat in Summer 2012 and completion of the 2012 data sets is currently underway. Eurostat publish Waste Statistics Regulation data to their Waste Data Centre, which also has information on data from the reporting under the Producer Responsibility Initiative Directives.

Landfill operators are required to report to the EPA the quantity of municipal solid waste and biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) accepted at the landfill for disposal. These waste data are used to track and report Ireland’s progress to meet the targets for BMW diversion from landfill under the Landfill Directive. See BMW reporting for more information.

There are also obligations on certain sites (including EPA licensed sites) covered by the Pollutant Release and Transfer Regulation to report on waste transfers from their sites on an annual basis. See PRTR for more information.

The National Transfrontier Shipment Office at Dublin City Council is the national competent authority for the imports and exports of waste. NTFSO is responsible for reporting obligations under the Waste Shipments Regulation.