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Household Waste

Household waste is generated in every home in the southeast.  It composes of kitchen waste such as vegetable skins, drinks cans, bottles and cartons and other waste items from around the house.  On average, every household in Ireland produces a tonne of waste per year.

In the southeast region waste collection providers operate a minimum of a 2 bin system for domestic households.  One bin is for residual waste destined to landfill and the other for dry recyclables.  Areas of Waterford City and County and some private contractors in the region operate a three bin system and collects organic waste in a third bin.  The third bin will be rolled out throughout the region in the near future.

Composition of Mixed Residual Household Waste*

Waste Type   Total % 
Organics

 32

Paper and Cardboard               

 16.1

Textiles

 15.7

Plastic 

 13.6

Glass  

 3.3

Ferrous 

 1.5

Aluminium

 1.4

Wood 

 1.2

Other Metals

 0.1

Other

 15.1

Total

 100

Composition of Mixed Dry Recyclable household Waste*

Waste Type        Total %
Paper and Cardboard              

 69.4

Plastic

 15.4

Ferrous

 2.4

Glass

 2.3

Organics

 1.6

Aluminium

 1.5

Textiles

 1.5

Wood 

 0.3

Other metals 

 0.1

Other 

 5.5

Total 

 100

Tonnes of Household Waste Recycled and Landfilled in the South East Retion*

County 

Tonnages of Household
Waste Landfilled 

Tonnages of Household
Waste Recycled 
Tonnage of Organic
Waste Collected 
Carlow

 12,932

 1,175

 0

Kilkenny

 10,243

 3,396

 0

Waterford City

 7,381

 2,771

 3,976

Waterford County

 8,966

 3,561

 2,123

Wexford 

 23,229

 7,824

 0

South Tipperary

 16,787

 6,626

 0

*EPA National Report 2007

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