Leitrim recycles 4,698 tonnes in 2011

Repak has commended Leitrim for its contribution in helping to grow packaging recycling from the equivalent of 728 tonnes in 1998 to 4,698 tonnes in 2011 and urges all householders and businesses the Leitrim to continue to build on its successful track record of packaging recycling in 2012.

Repak has commended Leitrim for its contribution in helping to grow packaging recycling from the equivalent of 728 tonnes in 1998 to 4,698 tonnes in 2011 and urges all householders and businesses the Leitrim to continue to build on its successful track record of packaging recycling in 2012.

As Repak Recycling Week 2012 takes place from October 1-7, Repak celebrates 15 years of supporting packaging recycling. In this time Ireland has grown packaging recycling from 101,000 per annum to over 650,000 tonnes per annum in 2012. This week will see Repak recognise Leitrim’s continued contribution to helping it achieve the recovery of 652,000 tonnes, in total, of used packaging in 2011 – up by 4.1% from 2010 - 89% of this was recycled and 11% was recovered.

Repak and Alupro also launch Every Can Counts (http://www.everycancounts.ie/), a major new nationwide recycling programme for used drinks cans which promotes beverage can recycling at work, on campus and ‘on the go.’

This year alone, Leitrim has contributed the equivalent of:

1,684,597 Cans

313,692 Glass Bottles

4,517,830 Plastic Bottles

8,855,488 Plastic Refuse Sacks

5,581,717 Steel Food Cans

156,534,943 Cereal Boxes

564,235 Beverage Cartons

In the last 15 years, Leitrim’s contribution has helped Repak helped Ireland met and exceed its 2001, 2005 and 2011 EU packaging targets.

“Thanks to Leitrim’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 Leitrim’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.”

Visit Repak.ie or Recyclemore.ie to find out more about Recycle week.