Recycling rate grows but County Wicklow is still way off target
LAST YEAR Ireland’s recycling rate grew by 7 per cent but Wicklow householders still need to recycle 846 tonnes more than last year to achieve the county recycling target of 77,166 additional green bins.
These are the latest figures released by Repak, the non-profit and voluntary recycling scheme established under a voluntary agreement in response to EU directive obligations on packaging waste.
In order to reach the set target for Wicklow, householders will need to proportionately recycle the equivalent of 2,163,717 plastic milk and drinks bottles; 740,601 wine bottles, the equivalent of 376 tonnes of glass; 198,933 beverage cartons, making up 6 tonnes of beverage cartons; 4,074,375 cereal boxes which is 310 tonnes of cardboard;
846,385 aluminium drinks cans, making up 14 tonnes of aluminium); 575,985 food cans which is a grand total of 33 tonnes of steel.
In order to reach their recycling target Repak will need each household to recycle an extra two green bins per household over the entire year.
Repak are also still the main sponsor of the Green Schools programme, with Wicklow schools flourishing when it comes to green flags. 90 per cent are registered in Green Schools, making the target of 95 per cent a very realistic goal.
There is also a new scheme entitled the Green Home Programme. Schools taking part will engage parents and people in the community to take a look at their own use of waste, energy, water and travel.
Jim Callery, Assistant Environmental Officer for Wicklow County Council feels the programme should prove very beneficial.
‘Climate change is a major challenge and we hope that householders will use the Green Homes programme to to look at the opportunities, often overlooked, which will save us money while addressing the challenge. We are delighted that seven schools in Wicklow have signed up for the pro-