‘Organised mayhem’ in Avoca as post-Christmas recycling peaks
JANUARY is always the busiest time of the year for recycling centres throughout County Wicklow.
The situation at Avoca Recycling Centre is no different and manager Myles Doyle estimates that, during the festive season, deposits are up by 30 to 35 per cent on the rest of the year as householders clean out their homes before Christmas and then drop off excess packaging and wrapping afterwards.
‘It has been organised mayhem here since we returned to work on December 30. It has been non-stop as people have been dropping off their recyclables and trying to get their homes cleaned out. There is all the usual cardboard, wrapping paper, drink cans and bottles and everything you expect during the Christmas season,’ he said.
According to Myles, people have also been making good use of the charity clothing bank which supports Wicklow Hospice, Avoca Senior Citizens and Rathdrum Cancer Support.
‘We get a lot of clothing before Christmas but even now, people are still clearing out. We are very appreciative of the support for this as it helps some worthy local causes,’ Myles said.
He remarked that perhaps the best indicator of the improving economy is the amount of white goods that are being recycled along with the boxes that the items are delivered in,
‘This is possibly the best barometer of the economy and people are investing in such items once again, which is positive.’
Myles Doyle and Andrew Kinsella making their way through tonnes of recycling in Avoca.