Donegal recycles 20 tonnes of packaging per year

Donegal has been recognised for its contribution to recycling over 21,000 tonnes of packaging per year.

Donegal has been recognised for its contribution to recycling over 21,000 tonnes of packaging per year.

Repak say it commends Donegal for its contribution in helping to grow packaging recycling from the equivalent of 3,384 tonnes 15 years ago, to 21,837 tonnes in 2011 and urges all householders and businesses the Donegal to continue to build on its successful track record of packaging recycling in 2012.

Repak Recycling Week 2012 takes place from October 1st to 7th. In this time Ireland has grown packaging recycling from 101,000 per annum to over 650,000 tonnes per annum in 2012. This year alone, Donegal has contributed the equivalent of: 7,829,754 Cans: 10,753,697 Glass Bottles: 20,998,202 Plastic Bottles: 41,158,990 Plastic Refuse Sacks: 25,942,992 Steel Food Cans: 727,551,128 Cereal Boxes and 2,622,480 Beverage Cartons

“Thanks to Donegal’s help and contribution, packaging recycling has not only grown, but is now the most successful scheme in Ireland,” said Dr. Andrew Hetherington, CEO Repak. “If it was not for Donegal’s continued support, packaging recycling would not be in such rude health. However, with proposed changes on the horizon, we need to make sure that the consumer does not get weighed down with an unnecessary tax or more complicated procedures to recycle, that would put a further burden on producers or businesses who have played their part in our recycling success.”

Repak and Alupro also launched - www.everycancounts.ie - a major new nationwide recycling programme for used drinks cans which promotes beverage can recycling.