Ireland: jump in recycling in 2002

Repak, the packaging waste scheme funded by Irish industry, recycled 323,000 tonnes of waste in 2002, an increase of 36% on 2001, according to figures published 21 May 2003.
The 323,000 tonnes is equ…

Repak, the packaging waste scheme funded by Irish industry, recycled 323,000 tonnes of waste in 2002, an increase of 36% on 2001, according to figures published 21 May 2003. The 323,000 tonnes is equivalent to nearly 40% of all packaging placed on the Irish market. Approximately 50,000 tonnes, or 15%, came from the domestic sector, which was up 49% on 2001 as local authorities improved their local recycling infrastructure. Currently almost 290,000 households are serviced by roadside collection of dry recyclable waste, up 112,000 on 2001. The recycling rate for glass was 50%, up 25% from 2001. Commenting on the results, Repak chief executive Andrew Hetherington said, “These results show that Repak, working with key stakeholders, is continuing to deliver and meet Ireland“s packaging waste recycling targets.”