HOUSEHOLD waste collected in the Offaly County Council area has decreased by 8.9% compared to 2008.
The figure is part of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Waste Report 2009.
In 2009 within the Offaly County Council area, 24,713 of household waste was collected, which is down from 27,137 tonnes in 2008. While progress is being made in dealing with this waste, the national target is to divert 50% of all household waste from landfill by 2013. The mixed/residual collection (black bag) household waste collected in the area was 10,260 tonnes or 42% (compared to 55% for the country as a whole).
Gerry Byrne, Programme Manager, EPA Office of Climate, Licensing and Resource Use commented:
“The new EU Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC), which came into effect in December 2010, will be a significant influence and driver of change in waste management practices and governance in Ireland and elsewhere over the coming decade. In line with EU objectives, the EPA’s National Waste Prevention Programme (www.nwpp.ie) focuses on breaking the link between economic growth and waste. Through this programme the EPA is developing waste prevention and resource efficiency capacity in the areas of waste and water in particular. Such actions can assist everyone, in households and businesses alike, not only to improve resource efficiency, and protect their environment, but also to significantly cut household costs and bills.”
The EPA funds lots of different waste management initiatives for households and businesses including the www.greenhome.ie and www.greenbusiness.ie initiatives. For further ideas and suggestions on how you can prevent and divert waste from landfill visit www.nwpp.ie
The EPA’s National Waste Report 2009 is available on the website at www.epa.ie/downloads/pubs/waste/stats/.