Poor Wicklow recycling figures are rubbished
WASTE COUNTY ‘RECYCLES MORE THAN AVERAGE’
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.