According to the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, it’s not yet clear what the impact of the pandemic will be on the generation of waste in 2020.

But the agency says, in the early stage of the pandemic last March /April household waste nationally went up while commercial waste decreased.

Ireland generated 14 million tonnes of waste in 2018 across all sectors.

Municipal waste from both household and commercial sources continued to rise, up almost 4 percent on the previous year (2017).

Landfill disposal has fallen sharply to 14 per cent in 2018, recycling rates increased steadily in the early 2000s, before stagnating at 40 per cent and declined in 2018, while waste sent for energy recovery has risen significantly from 7 per cent in 2011 to 43 per cent in 2018.

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