Ireland is well advanced in achieving most of the EU waste recovery and recycling targets, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Waste Report 2009. However, the report urges continued efforts to divert biodegradable waste from landfill, improve the penetration of source separated waste collection services, and prevent waste arisings from all sectors of society.
In 2009, municipal waste generation in Ireland fell by a further 8.4 percent following a 5 percent reduction the previous year. These changes are in line with reductions in GDP and personal consumption levels. The amount of biodegradable municipal waste landfilled fell by 11 percent, leaving Ireland within 143,000 tonnes of meeting its EU Landfill Directive diversion target for 2010. Household waste generation fell by 3 percent in spite of an increase in population; 70 percent of packaging waste was recovered and there was a decrease of 62 percent in construction and demolition waste.Other key findings:
Commenting on the report’s findings, Ms Laura Burke, Director of the EPA’s Office of Climate Change, Licensing and Resource Use said: ''While the reductions in waste generation and the improvements in recovery seen in 2009 are welcome, we must continue to focus on resource efficiency to ensure that when economic growth does return, it is not accompanied by a surge in waste generation.''
For future priorities for the Irish waste management strategy, she identified, among others, the further roll-out of source-segregated collections, recovery of organic waste and development of infrastructure for the pre-treatment of municipal waste prior to disposal.
The National Waste Report 2009 is available under: www.epa.ie/downloads/pubs/waste/stats
Source: www.recyclingportal.eu / Environmental Protection Agency