Case Study

Waste Recovery Infrastructure (IRE)

SLR was commissioned by the IWMA to analyse Ireland’s position regarding compliance with the EU Landfill Directive in terms of diversion of biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) from landfill.  The waste industry in Ireland has developed infrastructure that assists with the reduction in disposal of BMW and had plans to develop additional such infrastructure.  The industry was also in the process of ‘rolling-out’ commercial and household brown bins for the collection of organic waste.   The 2010 target had been met at the time of the commission and the IWMA wished to know if Ireland was on target to meet the 2013 and 2016 targets.




Irish Waste Management Association (IWMA)

Project Objectives:

The objective of the project was for the IWMA to have access to an independent technical report, open to peer review,  that addressed this issue.  Commentary from a number of sources, with particular agendas, suggested that Ireland would fail to meet the 2013 and 2016 EU Landfill Directive targets.

Our Role

SLR’s role included:

  • Analysis of waste growth and recycling growth
  • A survey of c.50 waste collectors to determine the current and planned level of brown bin roll-out in Ireland
  • Analysis of existing and planned residual waste treatment
  • Determination of quantities of MSW and BMW likely to be landfilled in Ireland in 2013 and 2016, i.e. compliance with Landfill Directive requirements