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Waste prevention

What is waste prevention?

Waste prevention is when you don’t create waste in the first place, so it’s sometimes difficult for people to identify with it.If you don’t create waste, you can save money and protect the environment at the same time.

For example, 33% of people in Ireland throw food away regularly and at least half of this could have been eaten.Preparing a food plan, keeping an eye on “use by” dates, and being creative with leftovers will help you to prevent food waste.This is not only good for the environment but good for your pocket too.

How can I prevent waste?

You can use these posters to encourage waste prevention. If you are running an event, the Environment Section will be happy to send you some of these posters for display in prominent locations.

Ways your business can prevent waste

Click on the link below to find out how your business can benefit from preventing waste:

Tips for waste prevention

  • Preventing waste at source is the best option because if you don't create waste, you can save money and protect the environment.
  • Think before throwing anything away - can it be reused for something else?
  • Have a garden composter for organic waste like vegetable peelings, food leftovers, teabags, fruit peelings, garden waste and divert 1/3 of your waste away from landfill.
  • Buy fruit and vegetables that have no unnecessary packaging, e.g. bananas don't need a bag.
  • Where possible, buy groceries packed in recyclable packaging like glass or cardboard instead of foil and plastic.
  • Where possible buy goods in larger containers, e.g. a 2-litre bottle of cola instead of a few small bottles or cans.
  • Use a lunchbox for your sandwiches or salad and don't wrap them in plastic.
  • Buy a battery recharger and use recyclable batteries.
  • Save all glass jars and bottles and bring them to your local Glass Bank for recycling.
  • If you have a green bin/bag at home be sure to use it for newspapers, magazines, junk mail, pizza/cereal boxes, milk/juice cartons, food tins and drinks cans as well as other materials, depending on where you live.
  • If there is a recycling centre close to where you live or work, be sure to bring old batteries, plastic bottles and bags and any other materials they accept for recycling.

Replacement Waste Management Plan Clare/Limerick/Kerry 2006 - 2011

The 4th Annual Report for the Replacement Waste Management Plan for the Limerick/Clare/Kerry Region 2006 - 2011 provides a progress report on waste management in Clare, Limerick and Kerry for the period June 2009 - June 2010.

This report can be viewed on the Regional Waste Management Office website

For more information on waste prevention

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Page last updated: 09/02/11