Our five recycling centres took in nearly 4,000 tonnes last year
THE FIVE recycling centres in Bray, Arklow, Wicklow, Rampere and Avoca between them took in just under 4,000 tonnes of recycling in 2016.
That was 15 per cent more than in 2015, highlighting a very healthy growth in recycling in County Wicklow.
All five recycling centres increased their tonnage last year compared to 2015. In Avoca 465 tonnes of waste was recycled last year, compared to 366 in 2015.
950 tonnes was processed in Avoca, up from 878 the previous year. Bray collected 1,479 tonnes of waste for recycling, compared to 1,324 tonnes the previous year.
Rampere took in 338 tonnes, up from 222 tonnes, while the Murrough dealt with 749 tonnes, an increase compared to 689 tonnes in 2015. In total 3,981 tonnes passed through Wicklow’s recycling centres last year, a figure comparable with 2013’s figure of 3,991 tonnes. County-wide, 3,479 tonnes was achieved in 2015 and 3,568 in 2014. Nationally 71 per cent of all packaging waste was recycled according to Repak meaning Ireland easily met EU targets for recycling and puts us in fourth place for the best recycling rate in Europe. Jim Callery, environmental awareness officer for Wicklow County Council, said: ‘We estimate that between 7,000 and 8,000 cars visit our recycling centres each week in County Wicklow. WEEE Ireland report that Wicklow is at the top of the class when it comes to recycling waste and electrical goods in Ireland.’ However, there are still some issues causing concern. Jim said: ‘Contamination of green bins is growing hitting 22 per cent in some areas. This can have a detrimental effect on the quality of recycling and can with certain materials make it non viable to recycle them. Recyclables should always be clean when binned and if you are not sure about an item check with your bin company before putting it in the recycling bin.
‘ The opening of a new thermal treatment plant in Poolbeg this year creates demand for material while reducing our dependence on landfill. While it is good that we are reducing our use of landfill, it will still be best practice to maximise recycling as a preferred option for managing waste.
‘Recycling of food waste through brown bin collections is still at low levels in many parts of County Wicklow. Bin collection companies are rolling out brown bin collections in all towns so now is a good time to ask for you brown bin and reduce your bin charges by sending this material for composting.’