Ireland’s largest recycling company, Greyhound Recycling and Recovery, has announced it is to create 112 new jobs in Clondalkin and Ballymount.
The move followed an earlier announcement by the Government that it will increase the landfill levy to €75 per tonne by July 2013.
Greyhound said it welcomed the announcement made by Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan that the landfill levy will rise from €30 per tonne to €50 per tonne from 1st September 2011, to €65 per tonne from July 2012 and to €75 per tonne from July 2013.
The company currently employs 250 staff and says it will immediately start recruiting 50 new staff to be employed in Clondalkin and Ballymount from September 1st 2011.
It added that an additional 37 new jobs will be created in July 2012 together with 25 new jobs in July 2013 as the increases to the landfill levy take effect.
“We are delighted that the new Government has recognised the potential to create new jobs by diverting waste from landfill to recycling and recovery,” said Michael Buckley co-founder and joint CEO of Greyhound Recycling and Recovery.
“Minister Hogan has clearly listened to our case that 250 new jobs can be created for every 10,000 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill and we welcome his acceptance that the current position of disposing of waste through landfill is no longer sustainable,” he added.
“The succession of landfill levy increases announced today unlock the potential to create new jobs in the green economy and to achieve real change in the way that the country manages waste while also bringing clarity and certainty to the waste management sector,” he continued.
Greyhound Recycling and Recovery currently provides waste management services to more than 500,000 customers across 12 local authorities and is one of the leading renewable operators with business interests across 15 countries throughout Europe and Asia.
The company recently consolidated its position as Ireland's largest recycling company by completing a deal to buy South Dublin County Council’s waste collection business.
“Today’s announcement by Government and our decision last month to buy the household waste collection service from South Dublin County Council means that less waste material will be sent to landfill and that our customers will continue to benefit from the higher recycling rates that we can achieve,” said Mr. Buckley.