Waste Prevention & Minimisation

Northern Ireland businesses and households produce around 2.3million tonnes of solid waste a year.  This is not only a considerable cost to businesses and householders, but places increasing stress on the use of raw materials, water and food.

The Rethink Waste Programme will work to move Northern Ireland towards a resource efficient economy, reducing waste and reducing materials use and two programmes will be involved in delivery:

Food and drink 

Reducing food and drink waste by consumers, businesses and the public sector.

Construction and refurbishment

Reducing the carbon impacts of material and water use in the built environment by embedding resource efficiency principles in design, build and refurbishment

The Rethink Waste Programme will support Northern Ireland firms who are committed to taking action to reduce waste.  Householders also stand to benefit from waste prevention.