Stop Food Waste




The STOP Food Waste programme is funded under the EPA National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP). Waste Prevention is the preferred waste management option in Ireland. By not generating waste, we can eliminate the need to handle, transport, treat and dispose of waste. We can also avoid having to pay for these services.


In light of the significant issues arising from the disposal of food waste, and the realisation of the costs associated with this, the EPA set out to promote food waste prevention and home composting



Food waste is a real problem and it is costing Irish householders €700 each year. Most of our wasted food ends up in landfills where it has significant local environmental impacts. But long before we even buy our food there are a whole load of other environmental costs associated with getting our food into our trolleys.


How much food do we waste? 

What’s in our bins?

How much does food waste cost us?

What are the environmental costs?

Why do we waste food?

What are the foods we throw out?

How can I stop food waste?

Stop food waste communities

The Stop Food Waste Challenge




When we think of food waste we usually think of the end, when we throw the food in the bin. But, by thinking about the start, and the food we buy, we can cut our food waste and save €€€s at the same time.


Reducing your food waste should start before you even go to the shop. Having a well stocked kitchen and planning your meals before you go will save you money and make life easier – how bad!


Your kitchen essentials

Meal plans for easier living

The shopping list

How do you shop?

Shopping survival

Buyer beware




Food waste is a costly problem that leaves a bad taste in both your mouth and in your wallet. Unlike many problems in life, this one has a tasty solution – eating the food we buy!


There are many ways to enjoy your food without wasting it, from proper portioning to reuse recipes from the stars. Whichever it is for you, remember that there are many ways to enjoy your food, just make sure to get value for the money you have spent on it.


Know your dates

Your Friends - The Fridge & Freezer

Serving and Proper Portions

Tips, Tricks and the art of reuse

Random Recipes



Composting is the natural process of decomposition that turns organic materials like garden waste and vegetable food scraps into a dark, crumbly and earthy smelling material called compost.


Compost (often called ‘humus’) is rich in nutrients and full of life. When used in your garden and on your plants, it feeds the ecosystem of the soil and slowly releases nutrients that plants can absorb.


Using compost is the foundation of maintaining healthy soil for stimulating all plant growth and creating a beautiful garden. And even if you don’t have a garden, you can still compost. The finished product is valuable for houseplants, or your friends, neighbours, or local allotment gardeners might be happy to take it from you if you don’t want it yourself.


Benefits Of Composting

How It Works?

Composting Basics

What Can I Compost?

Building Your Own Composter

Types Of Composters

Greening Your Gardening

Using Your Compost

Master Composters

Composting FAQ's




There are over 750,000 tonnes of organic waste generated each year by businesses in Ireland. Of this, over 350,000 comes from commercial businesses (e.g. food retail, hotels, food wholesale, hospitals, restaurants, etc.) and over 450,000 tonnes is generated by the industrial food producing sector.


This is obviously a lot of waste but when thinking about the cost of this food waste, most businesses think just about the disposal costs. Disposal costs actually represent only a small fraction of the “true” cost of food waste. It has been estimated that each tonne of food waste can cost between €2,000 – €5,000 – sometimes less, often times more.


The solution to this waste of money for your business is to prevent food waste. To do this you must first identify where and why the food waste is being generated, and use this information to come up with specific solutions to prevent this waste.


Where is this food waste coming from?

What about your business?

How can you reduce it?


Food waste and the law!

Tips and case studies