Wednesday 17 January 2018

Easter waste will hit 35,000 tonnes

Edel O'Connell

AN ESTIMATED 35,000 tonnes of used packaging -- equivalent in weight to 170 Statues of Liberty -- will be created by Irish households this Easter.

People are being urged to recycle over the holiday period to offset the massive amount of waste that will be created.

Easter-egg packaging alone is expected to create about 500 tonnes of waste which could be recycled.

In 2010, Irish householders recycled almost 15,300 tonnes or 45pc of all used packaging, according to voluntary recycling body Repak.

Irish people will consume more than 1,000 tonnes of chocolate this Easter and will spend more than €23m on more than nine million Easter eggs.

They will also consume in the region of 5.7 million litres of wine as well as 67 million litres of beer, which would fill 800,000 baths.

Irish Independent

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