Recycling and Energy Conservation (QNHS Module)


Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Key information

Household recycling activity by region, household composition, age group, economic status, nationality, location and tenure status. Items recycled by region. Energy conservation measures and central heating type by region, year of construction, number of bedrooms and tenure status.


The CSO Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) special modules.


All private households



Reference period

The quarter covered by the relevant QNHS survey

Start date

1999 quarter 1


One and a half years to two years after the end of the reference period.


  • Region (NUTS3)
    Border; Dublin; Mid-East; Midland; Mid-West; South-East; South-West; West.
  • Age
    Less than 25 years; 25-44; 45-64; 65+ years.
  • Nationality
    Irish; Non-Irish.
  • Economic status
    At work; Unemployed; Student; Home duties; Retired; others.
  • Household composition
    1 adult, no children; 2 adults, no children; 3 or more adults, no children; 1 adult with children; 2 adults with 1-3 children; Other households with children.
  • Location
    Urban Areas; Rural Areas.
  • Housing occupancy
    Owner; Rented or rent-free
  • Construction year
    Before 1961; 1961 or later.
  • House bedrooms
    Less than 4 bedrooms; 4+ bedrooms.
  • Recycled items
    Glass; Paper; Cardboard; Plastic; Aluminium cans; Tin cans; Clothing.
  • Energy conservation method
    Double-glazing; Draught stripping; Attic/roof insulation; CFL lightbulbs; Lagging jacket.
  • Central heating type
    Natural gas; Oil; Electric; Open fire; Closed solid fuel; Solar panel/ground heating; Dual system; None.


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