Since 2009 The EPA’s Stop Food Waste Programme has been Ireland’s flagship initiative to prevent food waste. The programme was managed by CTC from 2009-2021 and was funded as part of Ireland’s National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP).

The programme works with householders, communities, schools, local authorities (through the Local Authority Prevention Network (LAPN)), Tidy Towns groups, Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC) and businesses, providing comprehensive information about the food we waste and how it can be prevented. As there will always be some unavoidable food waste, the programme also provides training and information on home composting.

The programme has successfully raised awareness and developed support tools to prevent food waste and has worked on the basis of a number of pillars: