Rethink Waste

Rethink Waste was launched in 2010 by the Department of the Environment as a ‘call to action’ in Northern Ireland.

Rethinking Waste means:

Improving the resource efficiency of all sectors of society, addressing the problem of waste production at its very outset, and

Maximising the benefits of reuse, recycling and recovery, especially for materials which contribute significantly to carbon emissions.

Rethink Waste Programme

The Rethink Waste Programme is the principal resource efficiency delivery programme in Northern Ireland.  

WRAP Northern Ireland’s goals are to deliver the Rethink Waste Programme, working in partnership to:

  • prevent waste and minimise the use of primary resources;
  • increase recycling and recovery of materials from the waste stream, diverting them from landfill and maximising their economic value; and
  • reduce the impact that waste can have on climate change

 Partnership working is at the heart of how we work - identifying organisations or individuals that can make the biggest impact and bringing them together to make change happen.  We already have many of these partnerships in place, but are actively seeking to extend the range of people and organisations we work with to deliver maximum value for the tax payer.

There is more detail on the current Rethink Waste Programme in the WRAP Northern Ireland Delivery Plan and we will provide updates on progress through our News section.