Our five re­cy­cling cen­tres took in nearly 4,000 tonnes last year

Bray People - - NEWS - (by Myles Buchanan)

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.’

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