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What is happening my waste at the minute?
Of the waste that we produce, 38.3% (as of early 2016) of the household waste is prepared for re-use, recycled or composted. However, 40.3% of Northern Ireland's household waste is still being sent to landfill. It is no longer acceptable that such a large portion of our waste is handled this way, as landfilling is no longer considered to be a viable, long-term waste management option.
The waste management hierarchy is a core principle of EU environmental policy and sets out the preferred hierarchy of waste management options; prevention, minimisation, reuse, recycle, energy recovery, and finally landfill. Landfill is at the bottom of the hierarchy as the least favoured waste management option due to the negative environmental effects of landfill.
The revised Northern Ireland Waste Management Strategy entitled 'Delivering Resource Efficiency' sets the policy framework for the management of waste in Northern Ireland, and contains actions and targets to meet EU Directive requirements and the Department’s Programme for Government commitments. It builds on and retains the core principles of the 2006 Strategy, and places a renewed emphasis on the Waste Hierarchy. The new Strategy moves the emphasis of waste management in Northern Ireland from resource management, with landfill diversion as the key driver, to resource efficiency i.e. using resources in the most effective way while minimising the impact of their use on the environment.