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Recycling firm creates 100 jobs

MORE than 100 jobs are being created by a leading recycling company following yesterday's announcement of huge hikes in landfill levies.

The levies are to rise from €30 a tonne to €50 in September, gradually increasing to €75 a tonne from 2013.

Greyhound Recycling and Recovery said it was creating 112 new jobs at its plants in Clondalkin and Ballymount in Dublin following the increase in levies announced in the Dail by Environment Minister Phil Hogan (left).

"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, joint chief executive of Greyhound.

"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."

"The landfill levy increases 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."