Consumer Information Obligations - (ii) Contributing Roles

 

How much waste are we generating?

The table below shows the amount of waste generated in NI (arisings) for a sample period of Q2 2016.

 
NI Waste Statistics

Why do I need to reduce, reuse and recycle my waste?

 

Why do we need packaging?

As a consumer, we need packaging on the goods we buy so that they remain fresh, they don't get damaged and to present us with important information about the products we buy. Packaging is often an essential part of the products we buy but it is vital that this packaging waste is dealt with appropriately and recycled where possible.

The importance of participating and having the opportunity to contribute to environmental protection at the individual and household level cannot be understated. This means that the public must make every effort to use facilities available to them for dealing with their waste effectively.

Cost

It is simply becoming more expensive to send our waste to landfill for the individual person, businesses and local authorities. Soon, it will be make more sense financially to send waste for recycling, rather than disposal. Influencing factors include diminishing landfill capacity along withy increased costs of waste disposal.

Environmental Impact

The negative environmental impacts of landfilling can be huge. We cannot expect to keep burying or burning our waste without consequence to the environment and our quality of life.

Legislative Requirements

  • Duty of Care ; this affects all businesses
  • Packaging legislation - companies of a certain size and depending on whether they handle packaging are subject to legislation that forces them to recycle packaging waste. 

Public Relations

It is becoming increasingly expected of organisations to be seen as being green by customers and other companies within the supply chain.