The national pollutant and transfer register is a public register of pollutant releases and waste transfers from large industrial activities across Ireland. The register covers 91 pollutants from 417 large industrial facilities.
The EPA note that the positive response to phase out and the switch to more environmentally-friendly bulk refrigerant by Irish Industry is noted as one cause of this significant reduction.
Recovery – 11% increase in non-hazardous waste transferred from PRTR facilities for recovery.
Disposal – 12% decrease in non-hazardous waste being transferred from PRTR facilities for disposal.
EPA senior manager, Patrick Geoghegan, welcomed the increase in the recovery of hazardous waste by industry, but said the increase in the amount of such material being sent abroad for treatment is indicative of a lack of facilities here in Ireland.
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