People in Offaly are being urged to recycle better to help them save money in landfill levies and charges.
This year alone Offaly has recovered or recycled 10,781 tonnes of waste packaging materials. That is equivalent to 4,014,166 aluminium cans, 5,337,820 glass bottles, 10,067,732 plastic bottles, 23,500,228 plastic refuse sacks, 4,769,791 steel food cans, 374,098,872 cereal boxes and1,395,262 beverage cartons
However 34% of people place clothes, food, garden waste, used batteries, toys, old shoes by accident or on purpose in their household recycling bin.
Another 13% admit to placing general waste in their recyclable bins. 13% have placed general waste by accident or on purpose into their recycling bins.
25% of people never rinse or clean out liquid or other residues from containers, 53% admit to not being confident of what can go in their green bin while 52% of people surveyed believed people who put incorrect materials in their green bins should be fined or penalised.
Overall packaging recovery and recycling recorded by Repak grew by 2.5% in 2012 to 668,300 tonnes, resulting in 701,000 tonnes of carbon equivalent savings. Kerbside collected packaging now accounts for over 55% of household packaging recycling as it is now the most important collection method. But Repak research shows that there are issues with how people are incorrectly using their green bin systems.
Thanks to Offaly, since 1998, Repak has helped increase packaging recycling from under 15% in 1998 to over 71% in 2011, with over 7.0 million tonnes of used packaging diverted from landfill since Repak’s establishment.
“Ireland continues its significant commitment to recycling,” said Bill Collins, Interim General Manager, Repak. “Thanks to the commitment of both the public and our 2,300 members, Ireland has set an example for packaging recycling across Europe. This year, we ask that people make that little extra effort when it comes to recycling better, by educating themselves as to what should go in their green bin systems, by looking up our Recyclemore website. In this way, we can save close to €3 million in landfill and levies and charges.”