Repak encourages Tipperary South to build upon its recycling success by helping to recycle better. In particular, Tipperary South has recycled or recovered over 13,217 tonnes of waste packaging materials.
Repak celebrates 16 years of recycling success in Ireland, based on the consistent commitment of its 2,300 members who are responsible for helping to fund the recycling of 130% of packaging which is placed on the market by them, and ensuring consumers are now recycling more than ever. Overall packaging recovery and recycling recorded by Repak grew by 2.5% in 2012 to 668,300 tonnes, resulting in 701,000 tonnes of carbon equivalent savings. Kerbside collected packaging now accounts for over 55% of household packaging recycling as it is now the most important collection method. But Repak research shows that there are issues with how people are incorrectly using their green bin systems.
Thanks to Tipperary South, since 1998, Repak has helped increase packaging recycling from under 15% in 1998 to over 71% in 2011, with over 7.0 million tonnes of used packaging diverted from landfill since Repak’s establishment.
“Ireland continues its significant commitment to recycling,” said Bill Collins, Interim General Manager, Repak. “Thanks to the commitment of both the public and our 2,300 members, Ireland has set an example for packaging recycling across Europe. This year, we ask that people make that little extra effort when it comes to recycling better, by educating themselves as to what should go in their green bin systems, by looking up our Recyclemore website. In this way, we can save close to €3 million in landfill and levies and charges.”