Re­cy­cling rate grows but County Wick­low is still way off tar­get

Bray People - - Bray People -

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-


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