Waste Prevention and Recycling is something that touches every household in Northern Ireland. We are about to enter a new era in waste management, one which will see us revolutionise not just the way we handle our waste but also how we view it. If we don’t change how we manage our waste, we’ll fail to meet vital targets, such as those set out in the European Landfill Directive. As we shall see failure could result in substantial fines, amounting to as much as an extra £100 every year for every household rates bill across the north west.
The Waste Hierarchy Model
The three ‘Rs’ of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle describe much of how we should handle our waste. There is also, however, a fourth ‘R’ ‘Recover’ – which means turning waste into a valuable resource such as renewable energy. Finally, once all other options have been explored, waste which can’t be recycled or recovered is disposed…