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Saturday 29 April 2017

Calls for Repak to explain where €350,000 collected from agriculture sector went

A national hazardous waste disposal scheme is being sought
A national hazardous waste disposal scheme is being sought
According to the IFA, less than 10% of the money collected is used to support recycling in the sector. Stock Image
Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

The Irish Farmers Association is calling on REPAK to explain what happens to the €350,000 it says is collected by the company each year from co-ops and suppliers of agricultural products.

According to the IFA, less than 10% of the money collected is used to support recycling in the sector.

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has said in reality this money is not being used for its intended purpose.

Farmers are not getting an adequate service and are instead having to pay higher prices at bring centres organised by other agencies to have their packaging materials recycled.

The Environment Chairman once again restated his call on Environment Minister Denis Naughten to immediately move to work with IFFPG and establish a permanent service for the annual collection of the waste materials for which REPAK receives funding.

He called on Minister Naughten to direct REPAK, which operates under licence from his Department, to make all funds provided to them by agri-businesses available to establish a full producer responsibility initiative, which reduces costs to the sector and guarantees a cost effective and efficient annual service to the farming community.

Almost 140 tonnes of toxic waste was collected during this year's Farm Hazardous Waste Campaign, the Farming Independent has learned.

The provisional data, compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), shows that on average, each farmer deposited 70kg of harmful substances, containers and batteries.

The removed waste included: 83t of waste engine and hydraulic oils, 12t of pesticides and herbicides, 11t of paints and 10t of vet medicines. Almost 2,000 farmers contributed to the collections at 10 marts nationwide over the last six weeks. Jane Brogan, EPA scientific officer some "very toxic" chemicals were collected including DDT, gamma HCH (Lindane), cyanide and strychnine.

The IFA are now calling on the Government to "immediately establish" a permanent collection service dedicated to the disposal of toxic waste from farms.

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