Chang­ing at­ti­tudes to waste

Bray People - - NEWS -

WHILE DUMP­ING con­tin­ues to be an is­sue in many lo­cal­i­ties in the county, there can be no doubt­ing that many Wicklow peo­ple are tak­ing a more con­sci­en­tious ap­proach to dis­pos­ing of their waste.

Re­cy­cling has be­come a way of life in the Gar­den County, with plenty of re­cent fig­ures bear­ing that out.

Last Au­gust, WEEE Ire­land an­nounced that Ire­land was at the top of the table in terms of re­cy­cling, with Ir­ish con­sumers re­cy­cling 60 per of elec­tri­cal waste.

In Wicklow, over ten elec­tri­cal items per house­hold were re­cy­cled in 2015 – an av­er­age of 8kg of elec­tri­cal waste re­cy­cled per per­son and dou­ble the orig­i­nal EU tar­get of 4kg per head.

Over 12 tonnes of elec­tri­cal waste came from WEEE Ire­land col­lec­tions days that were held though­out the county.

WEEE also stated that three-quar­ters of Wicklow house­holds are now ac­tively re­cy­cling their elec­tri­cal waste and, na­tion­ally, con­sumers are re­cy­cling more than 15 per cent more elec­tri­cal waste than four years ear­lier.

The fol­low­ing month, Septem­ber 2016, Wicklow County Coun­cil came joint fifth for the amount of bot­tles it re­cy­cled per head of pop­u­la­tion in the first seven months of the year.

Over­all the county re­cy­cled 67 bot­tles for every per­son liv­ing in it be­tween Jan­uary and July this year.

The fig­ures, which were re­leased by Re­hab Glassco, re­vealed that the re­cy­cled 1,501 tonnes of glass in the seven-month pe­riod – a two per cent in­crease on the same pe­riod in 2015.

Na­tion­ally, the Re­hab Glassco fig­ures showed an in­crease in glass re­cy­cling in 90 per cent of lo­cal­i­ties.

Of course, it’s not just house­hold­ers get­ting in on the act.

Last Septem­ber, Carnew NS were awarded an ‘AA grade’ by WEEE Ire­land for their bat­tery-re­cy­cling ef­forts. Pupils at the school col­lected some 80kg of used bat­ter­ies in the pre­vi­ous year as part of the WEEE Pledge Pro­gramme. Countywide, Wicklow res­i­dents re­cy­cled 10,264kg of used bat­ter­ies.

Over the years, there have been na­tional ap­peals from char­i­ties to do­nate old mo­bile phones; many lo­cal sports clubs through­out the county run col­lec­tions for cloth­ing and scrap metal; char­ity shops wel­come old clothes and house­hold wares (in good con­di­tion) while oth­ers are de­lighted to re­ceive sec­ond-hand fur­ni­ture to sell or up­cy­cle.

At­ti­tudes to dis­pos­ing of waste have clearly changed in Wicklow over the years but, as the scourge of dump­ing con­tin­ues, the cam­paign sol­diers on.

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