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Thirsty festive revellers will drink 49 million bottles of beer and scoff five million boxes of chocolates

Published 22/12/2012 | 05:00

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FESTIVE season revellers will eat five million boxes of chocolates and drink 49 million bottles of beer over the coming weeks.

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The average household will produce 35kg of waste this season, but we are getting much better at making sure it is properly disposed of.

Recycling group Repak said 37,000 tonnes of packaging will be recycled after Christmas – about 55pc of the total used.

"Irish households will generate 25pc more used packaging over Christmas than usual," said Repak spokesman Darrell Crowe.

"Last Christmas we collectively increased our household packaging recycling rate by over 7pc from 2010.

"With Christmas, people will have more used packaging to recycle than normal, placing more pressure on recycling collection infrastructure.

"To help people find outlets for this excess used packaging, a Recyclemore smartphone app is available, which helps users find information on their nearest recycling facility."

Figures from Repak show:

• Some 49 million bottles of beer will be drunk, which if placed end to end would stretch almost 12,000km.

• Some 20 million soft drinks cans and five million boxes of chocolates will be polished off.

• Six million rolls of wrapping paper – weighing the same as 94,240 Christmas trees – will be used to wrap 12 million gifts.

There has been a six-fold increase in Christmas packing recycling rates in the past decade, and meeting this year's target could save 46,000 tonnes of carbon.

Repak said boxes should be crushed or folded to reduce the amount of space they take up in bins.

Irish Independent

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