New initiative to help households recycle

The Irish Waste Management Association (IWMA ) is joining forces with Repak and recyclinglistireland.ie to help households recycle more efficiently.

Nearly 900,000 homes will be getting a free, specially designed bin hanger which displays easily understood information on the type of waste to be put into each household bin.

The bin hanger is being distributed by IWMA members who collect 75 per cent of all household waste in the country. The bin hanger is also being emailed by the IWMA household waste collection companies to their customers and is available at www.iwma.ie, www.repak.ie and www.recyclinglistireland.ie It is hoped the initiative will help homeowners become more familiar with what can and cannot be recycled, and that it will also help with reducing contamination across the various bins. Approximately 87,000 tonnes of non-recyclable material end up in the recyclable bin every year.

Anthony Muleady, chairman of the IWMA, expressed the importance of this project: “There is a huge awareness among consumers of the need to recycle better and we see their commitment every day. We’re getting lots of questions on the doorstep every day and homeowners will be able to keep the bin hanger and consult it as they use their bins,” said Mr Muleady.

“We hope it will help householders to segregate their waste better and in doing so help increase the quality of materials being recycled for the benefit of the environment. IWMA member firms continue to invest in services to help householders and businesses achieve recycle better, and we are delighted to join forces with Repak and recyclinglistireland.ie in this campaign”.

Speaking at the launch, Repak CEO, Séamus Clancy, said: “When it comes to recycling packaging waste, Ireland has made significant progress over the last 20 years. However, with recycling bin contamination as high as 40 per cent in some urban areas, there is a continued need to educate householders on what can and cannot be placed in the recycling bin.

“As with all campaigns we support, we wish to extend a big thank you to our 2,376 valued Repak members who, since 1997, have invested €425m into the recycling industry and helped divert over 10 million tonnes of packaging waste from landfill.”

This initiative hopes to improve Ireland’s environmental care and recycling rates for a more economically friendly country.

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