New Initiative to inform how Dublin will manage food waste reduction and sustainable eating

Dublin is one of seven European cities chosen to take part in an exciting pan-European TRiFOCAL project designed to reduce food waste while promoting healthy and sustainable eating. The Eastern-Midland Regional Waste Management Office (EMWRO) is the Irish participant in the project, which aims to find food waste solutions specifically suited to cities.

The EU LIFE funded TRiFOCAL project is being led by a number of research organisations based in the UK, including WRAP the London Waste and Recycling Board (under the joint partnerships of Resource London) and Groundwork London. In its current phase, the project will work with a wide range of stakeholders throughout London to pilot a number of food waste prevention and healthy eating innovations. Successes within London will then be shared with the seven cities in the EU, with Dublin, Barcelona, Brussels, Burgas (Bulgaria) Milan, Oslo and Växjö (Sweden) the first to sign up to join the TRiFOCAL initiative.

Hugh Coughlan, Co-ordinator of the EMWRO said, “We are delighted to roll out the replication phase of this project in Dublin. It’s an exciting opportunity to be part of an initiative that has real potential to enact positive environmental and health impacts for our capital city and indeed cities all over Europe. In addition, we are hoping the results of this project can be adapted and extended nationally to all parts of Ireland.”

He added, “Participating in this project perfectly complements other work we are already doing in our region in terms of awareness and education to prevent avoidable food waste and to increase the recycling of unavoidable food waste. On average Irish households throw out one-third of food purchased, at an estimated cost of between €400 and €1,000 per household”.

The TRiFOCAL project seeks to raise awareness amongst those living in and visiting cities. It aims to prevent food waste by changing planning, shopping, storage and meal preparation habits. For further information see


Notes to the editor


The annual amount of food wasted in Ireland each year is 1 million tonnes

About 51% (509,000tonnes) of this is wasted by householders, the rest by retail and hospitality sectors

Irish households waste about one third of the food they buy – ie. it never reaches the table or the portions are far too big, or both

Food waste costs households in Ireland between €400 and €1,000 each year (the price of a holiday or your car insurance) this averages at about €700 per household. (figures from EPA)

Globally food waste incurs an environmental cost of 700 million US dollars per annum and a cost to the global economy of 1 trillion US dollars per annum. (figures from European Court of Auditors)


*TRiFOCAL London – Transforming City FOod hAbits for Life, is the latest project to be led by Resource London - the partnership between WRAP and LWARB - together with Groundwork London.  TRiFOCAL is funded by the European Union’s LIFE programme - project number LIFE15/GIE/UK/000867.

A new dedicated website has been launched with information about the TRiFOCAL programme and a Twitter profile @TRiFOCAL_London

Resource London is a partnership programme formed by LWARB and WRAP in 2015. The programme supports London boroughs to deliver more consistent and efficient waste and recycling services for London. The partnership represents a one-agency approach providing specific, focused and tailored regional and local support for London waste authorities. You can find out more about Resource London on their website:

WRAP is a not for profit organisation whose vision is a world where resources are used sustainably. WRAP works with governments, businesses and communities to deliver practical solutions to improve resource efficiency.

The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) works in conjunction with the London Mayor’s office and London Councils to improve waste management in the capital.

Groundwork London is a social and environmental regeneration charity. For almost 20 years it has been at the forefront of environmental and social regeneration in London; changing places and lives for the better, in some of the capital’s most disadvantaged neighbourhoods.