Irish Environmental Protection Agency launches “National Waste Statistics” web resource

The Irish EPA  launched a new National Waste Statistics web resource, providing:

  • One online location for national waste statistics for Ireland;
  • Accessible content, so that users can perform their own analysis;
  • Easy to use interactive graphs and charts.

The new web resource replaces the EPA’s biennial National Waste Report as the primary source of waste statistics in Ireland. The EPA will regularly update National Waste Statistics, providing the latest information, graphics and commentary on priority wastes, waste infrastructure and trends.

Dr Eimear Cotter, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Sustainability said,
“In moving to this new electronic reporting format, the EPA is meeting the public need for timely, accessible information in a format that keeps people up-to-date on trends and developments in waste management. The National Waste Statistics web resource provides a flexible new system that will add significant value for waste statistics users, enabling them to download data for their own analysis.”

In launching the National Waste Statistics web resource, the EPA also published information on hazardous waste for 2015 and 2016 and municipal waste for 2014.

The amount of hazardous waste managed in Ireland rose by 18 per cent in 2016 to 409 ktonnes. The increase was due mainly to an increase in the amount of contaminated soil from construction sites. On the positive side, there was a decrease in the amount of waste treated onsite of generation in the pharmaceutical industry, reflecting cleaner production methods in this sector.

Fiona McCoole, Office of Environmental Sustainability said,
“The figures for hazardous waste and municipal waste published with the new web resource paint a picture of increasing consumption and waste generation as our economy recovers. This runs counter to the vision of the European Commission’s Circular Economy package, where waste generation is decoupled from growth. Achieving this decoupling will require action at all stages of the production-consumption process, from product design to individual consumer choice.”

Through the new National Waste Statistics web resource, the EPA will provide the information needed to make informed choices and policy decisions in relation to waste generation and management. It will be of benefit to researchers, students, teachers, people working in the waste industry, government, media and the public with an interest in waste generation and management in Ireland.

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