Poor Wick­low re­cy­cling fig­ures are rub­bished

WASTE COUNTY ‘RE­CY­CLES MORE THAN AV­ER­AGE’

Bray People - - News - Myles BUCHANAN

FIG­URES pub­lished as part of a na­tion­wide ser­vice in­di­ca­tors re­port stat­ing Wick­low had the sec­ond low­est re­cy­cling rate in the coun­try aren’t a true re­flec­tion of re­cy­cling prac­tises in the Gar­den County.

So say Green­star in re­sponse to the re­port which put the per­cent­age of Wick­low’s house­hold waste col­lected and send for re­cy­cling at only 14 per cent. Only Car­low fared any worse.

Ac­cord­ing to Green­star the fig­ures pub­lished in the ser­vices in­di­ca­tors re­port by the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Man­age­ment Ser­vices are com­pletely mis­lead­ing. They also re­fute fig­ures in­di­cat­ing that 86 per cent of all house­hold waste pro­duced in the county in 2007 ended up in land­fill.

Com­ment­ing on the fig­ures, Michael San­fey, Green­star’s Head of Sales and Mar­ket­ing said, ’th­ese fig­ures are badly mis­lead­ing and do not ac­cu­rately re­flect the true level of re­cy­cling un­der­taken in County Wick­low dur­ing 2007.

Green­star has un­der­taken an anal­y­sis of th­ese fig­ures to in­clude re­cy­cling ton­nages col­lected through civic amenity sites and bring cen­tres us­ing lat­est waste re­turns to the EPA fig­ures and es­ti­mates that the true level of house­hold waste re­cy­cling in County Wick­low is closer to 30 per cent, not 14 per cent.’

Mr. San­fey feels that the whole story re­gard­ing Wick­low’s re­cy­cling habits wasn’t re­flected in the re­port, as the quan­tity of house­hold waste re­cy­cled through bring banks, glass col­lec­tions, mo­bile re­cy­cling and home com­post­ing wasn’t in­cluded. Re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als brought to the three main re­cy­cling cen­tres in Wick­low, Ark­low and Bray also weren’t doc­u­mented.

The lat­est EPA Na­tional Waste Na­tional Waste Re­port has the na­tional rate for re­cy­cling house­hold waste at 22.6 per cent, with Green­star con­vinced that Wick­low re­cy­cles more than the na­tional av­er­age.

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