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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.

Southern Region Waste Management Plan 2015-2021

Clare County Council is one of ten local authorities in the Southern Region of Ireland have been set a number of key targets in relation to waste prevention activities under the Southern Region Waste Management Plan 2015-2021 launched on the 14th May 2015. This southern Region Waste Management Plan can be viewed at

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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 20/06/16