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Repak Welcomes Strong Packaging Recycling Trends

Repak Welcomes Strong Packaging Recycling Trends

Ireland 3rd on E.U. Table for Packaging Waste Recovery

The CEO of Repak Ireland has welcomed the findings on packaging recycling contained in ‘Environmental Indicators Ireland 2012’, the report just published by the CSO, which highlights Ireland’s ever improving approach to the recycling of packaging. It is part of a detailed piece of research, by the CSO, based around environmental data.

The CEO commented:

“This National Survey clearly demonstrates the success of Ireland’s packaging recycling model with key targets for recovery all being exceeded. The statistics contained in the report, when analysed, confirm Ireland’s progressive performance in packaging recovery and recycling over the past decade and our steady ascent up the league table of European Member State performance in this area.

“Specifically, it shows that Ireland’s 2011 recovery target of 60% under the EC Packaging Directive (94/62/EC) was achieved and surpassed by 2008 and I can now confirm that we have achieved a 74% recovery rate for 2010.

“In addition the statistics show that by 2009 Ireland was recovering 152Kgs per capita of packaging waste, the 3rd highest in the EC behind Germany and Luxembourg.

“It is also very encouraging to note that the amount of Municipal waste sent to landfill had fallen to just below 1.5 Million tonnes in 2010, down from some 2 Million tonnes in 2007. While a significant portion of this can be attributed to the decline in economic conditions, the increase in recovery of packaging waste, which now accounts for some 59% of municipal waste, had a significant impact here also.  

“Repak’s Packaging Prevention Programme was a further factor in the decline of packaging waste generation, as it saw the total level of packaging waste decrease by some 18%  between 2007 and 2010. This initiative, which receives financial support from the EPA, involves Repak working with industry to optimise all packaging placed on the Irish market.

“Repak's funders, from throughout Irish Business, and all householders can take great credit from  this outstanding achievement, demonstrating yet again the success of the Repak model, which has always been based on a partnership approach"

Since its inception, Repak  has helped to divert in excess of 5.7 million tons of used packaging from landfill sites and has invested over €225 million in packaging recycling, growing it from under 15% in 1998.

Link to the full report is available here

ENDS.

For more information, please contact Cyril at Slattery Communications on 01 634 250901 634 2509 or email cyril.moloney@scomms.ie

 
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