Irish Waste Hierarchy

Waste Hierarchy
Courtesy EPA

The waste hierarchy is a useful framework that has become a cornerstone of Irish waste management. It sets out the order in which options for refuse management should be considered based on environmental impact.

Prevention and re-use are the most desirable options for managing waste. The overall intent of the hierarchy is to highlight the different levels and to one day move waste management away from landfill into those options in the upper tiers.

Reduce, reuse and recycle are the most important parts of the system.

The diagram below illustrates the pyramid theory designed to give order to dealing with the multiples of waste produced. The options towards the top are the most desirable for dealing with our waste, as they harm the planet least. As you travel down the pyramid, the alternatives become less attractive from an environmental point of view.


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