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Show Table: 7.1 Ireland: Municipal waste generated 2001-2012

  • Municipal waste generated in Ireland peaked in 2007, when there were 3.4 million tonnes, compared with 2.7 million tonnes in 2001. It has fallen each year since 2007 and there were just under 2.7 million tonnes generated in 2012. Waste generated per capita fell from 800 kgs per person in 2006 to 587 in 2012.
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kgs per capita
Romania254
Poland272
Latvia281
Czech Republic310
Slovakia321
Estonia357
Hungary385
Croatia387
Slovenia432
Lithuania433
Belgium435
Spain435
Sweden438
Bulgaria442
Portugal453
EU474
Finland482
United Kingdom482
Italy488
Greece509
France509
Netherlands527
Austria566
Ireland586
Malta600
Luxembourg616
Cyprus617
Germany 618
Denmark758
  • Ireland had the sixth highest level of municipal waste per capita in the EU in 2014.The lowest level of waste generated per capita was in Romania with 254 kgs per capita, while Denmark had the highest level at 758 kgs per capita. The EU average for municipal waste generated in 2014 was 475 kgs per capita.
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Show Table: 7.3 Ireland: Municipal waste sent to landfill 2001-2012

  • The amount of municipal waste sent to landfill varied between 1.8 and 2 million tonnes during the 2001 and 2008 period, but it fell continuously since then to 1 million tonnes in 2012.
  • The percentage of municipal waste managed that was sent to landfill fell continuously over the 2001-2012 period from 83% to 41%.
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kgs per capita
Sweden3
Belgium4
Netherlands8
Germany 9
Denmark10
Estonia23
Austria23
Finland84
Slovenia101
Luxembourg110
France131
EU132
United Kingdom134
Poland143
Italy154
Czech Republic174
Romania175
Slovakia214
Hungary221
Portugal222
Ireland223
Spain240
Lithuania255
Latvia258
Bulgaria307
Croatia309
Greece411
Cyprus467
Malta478
  • EU Member States such as Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark send small amounts of waste to landfill, as waste disposal in these countries is based almost entirely on incineration. Ireland had the ninth highest rate of municipal waste sent to landfill in 2014 at 223 kilograms per capita.
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Show Table: 7.5 Ireland: Recovery of packaging waste 2001-2013

  • Since 2001 Ireland has increased its rate of recovery of packaging waste such as cardboard, paper, glass, plastic, steel, aluminium and wood. The Packaging Directive 94/62/EC target of 50% set for 2005 was reached in 2004 and the 2011 target of 60% has been exceeded since 2007.
  • In 2013, the recovery rate for packaging waste reached 88%.
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kgs per capita
Germany 210.42
Luxembourg206.14
Italy190.31
Ireland189.22
France184.63
Estonia169.9
Denmark169.62
Netherlands166.98
United Kingdom161.93
EU156.92
Belgium155.44
Austria149.98
Portugal149.1
Spain143.63
Malta134.71
Finland131.77
Poland126.88
Latvia113.94
Sweden109.17
Lithuania108.11
Hungary103.34
Slovenia97.28
Czech Republic95.66
Cyprus91.31
Slovakia81.77
Greece68.33
Romania52.82
Bulgaria48.18
Croatia46.67
  • In 2013, Ireland recovered 189 kgs of packaging waste per capita, which was the fourth highest rate in the EU after Germany, Luxembourg and Italy.
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Show Table: 7.7 Ireland: Electrical waste collected 2012-2013

  • The total weight of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) collected in Ireland increased from 40,800  tonnes in 2012 to 42,600 tonnes in 2013.
  • Large household appliances accounted for 46% of total WEEE collected in 2013, while consumer equipment accounted for 21% of the total.
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kgs per capita
Sweden18.392
Denmark12.837
Belgium10.763
Finland10.649
Luxembourg9.526
Ireland9.271
Austria9.061
Germany9.027
United Kingdom7.68
France7.296
Italy7.257
Netherlands6.992
Lithuania5.462
Czech Republic5.156
Hungary5.032
Bulgaria4.84
Portugal4.786
Poland4.514
Spain4.494
Slovakia4.172
Slovenia4.145
Malta4.025
Estonia3.534
Croatia3.532
Greece3.49
Cyprus2.649
Latvia2.398
Romania1.151
  • Expressed in kgs per capita, Ireland had the sixth highest level of WEEE collected in 2013. At 9.3 kgs per capita, this is more than double the 4 kgs per capita specified by the WEEE Directive. Sweden was the EU member state with the highest amount of WEEE collected  at 18.4 kgs per capita
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Show Table: 7.9 Ireland: Collection of construction and demolition waste 2004-2014

  • The collection of construction and demolition waste in Ireland increased from 11.2 million tonnes in 2004 to 17.8 million tonnes in 2007. The amount collected fell substantially between 2007 and 2013, when only 2.9 million tonnes were collected, reflecting the decline in the building industry over this period. The amount of construction and demolition waste then increased in 2014 to 3.8 million tonnes.

 

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