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Saturday 19 April 2014

Seasonal waste likely to top 44,000 tonnes this year

22/12/2013.Model Daniella Moyles sqaushes  metel can`s as she helped to launch Repak's Christmas Campaign at Sandymount Strand Bring Centre. Repak is urging consumers to recycle more and recycle better this Christmas to help smash recycling targets this year. They have also revealed Ireland`s Christmas consumption bonanza in numbers. Each Irish household will generate a whopping 44 kilos of packaging waste this Christmas. Irish consumers will also consume enough chocolate, that if the calories  were converted to kilowatt hours, would run 860,000 houses electricity for Christmas Day. Photo:Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Developer Greg Coughlan

IF all that shopping, wrapping and dipping into the chocolate box over Christmas feels a bit like hard work, that's because it really is.

In a mammoth effort this season, Irish households will buy and exchange over 12 million gifts, devour five million boxes of chocolates, drink 24 Olympic sized swimming pools of booze -- and generate enough packaging waste to fill 647 articulated trucks.

Recycling is merely the easy part.

Repak, the not-for-profit recycling scheme, is urging householders to redouble their efforts this Christmas to 'recycle better'.

Each home will generate around 44 kilos of used packaging over the holiday and hope to recover over 44,000 tonnes in total.

Repak's members have invested €253m to support the recovery and recycling of their used packaging over the last 15 years, through supporting recycling collections as well as awareness campaigns.

Ireland ranks fourth in the EU for best recycling.

Tips for keeping the recycling situation under control over Christmas include keeping all recyclables separated; maximising space in green bins by washing and squashing plastic containers; crushing or folding boxes and to fold used wrapping paper rather than scrunching it, which will take up less space.

Householders are also urged to keep all cardboard and paper in dry conditions and to not let it get wet.

Bill Collins, interim CEO of Repak, said the organisation expects to once again exceed its recovery and recycling targets for 2013.

"This Christmas, Repak are looking to recover over 44,000 tonnes of household used packaging," he said.

"This is significant progress considering that in 2001 we were only recycling 31,000 tonnes of used household packaging in a full year."

Irish Independent

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