National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP)
Waste prevention is a critical part of resource efficiency and is essential to delivering a circular economy. It addresses not just 'waste' but also wastage of resources in the broadest terms.
Ireland has a well-established National Waste Prevention Programme which is seen as an example of best practice in the EU. The work of the programme which is delivered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on behalf of this Department is overseen by National Waste Prevention Committee (NWPC). The committee is comprised of a wide range of stakeholders in the area of waste management, environmental protection, business and community engagement.
The National Waste Prevention Programme supports national-level, strategic programmes to prevent waste and drive the circular economy in Ireland. The programme does this by funding innovation and demonstration programmes, partnering with national organisations to deliver programmes and solutions and advocating for waste prevention and communicating solutions for the circular economy. The programme has six priority areas: food waste, construction & demolition, plastics, agriculture, resources & raw materials and local waste prevention.
The programme provides tools and information to businesses, households and the public sector to influence behavioural change and support sustainable choices. Current activities and initiatives include: