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Repak Recycle Week 2015


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This in from the very brilliant Cyril at PSG Communications.

Of note. Repak are former guests of The Sodshow Garden Podcast – The Show is embedded below. Also – if you like your recycling stats, you’re gonna love this one. Grab yourself a cuppa.

In the meantime and as always the garden podcast is back this Friday in all good podcast stores and from about 4pm.

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NEWS RELEASE: Make Plastic Fantastic: Repak Encourages Ireland to Recycle More Plastic This Recycle Week

Paying for Plastic:

  • 169,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste is generated per year in Ireland which would weigh the same as 22.5 billion in euro coins.
  • If recycled, it would generate enough annual electricity to run over 86,000 homes.
  • This is equivalent to 125 billion average plastic drinks bottles which would fill over 50,000 Olympic swimming pools.
  • Per person, per year we generate 37kgs in plastic packaging waste, the equivalent of weight 80 rugby balls, 8.2 Web Ellis Cups (Rugby World Cup Trophy) or 215 iPhone 6 plus devices.
  • The number of plastic bottles that are put into landfill every year would stretch around Ireland 2,000 times.
  • But we are only recycling 36% of plastic packaging.

Research from Repak Shows:

  • 1 in 3 Irish people say it’s socially unacceptable not to recycle.
  • 3 in 4 would confront a friend or family member who threw an incorrect item in the green bin.
  • 66% feel those who contaminate their green bin should be penalised.
  • 90% would support brands who behave environmentally responsibly.
  • Half of us believe waste management is a top environmental concern.

Dublin: 19 October 2015: Repak has today launched its 15th Repak Recycle Week and is calling on Irish consumers to make plastic fantastic by recycling their plastic packaging. A massive 169,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste is generated per year in Ireland, amounting to 37kg per person (equivalent of 80 rugby balls, 8.2 Web Ellis Cups or 215 iPhone 6 plus devices). While plastic materials constitute a huge 31% of total household waste, just 36% of plastics are actually recycled.  The number of plastic bottles that end up in landfill every year would stretch around the island of Ireland 2,000 times and in landfill these bottles could take up to a millennium (1,000 years) to biodegrade.

For every tonne of plastic recycled we save the equivalent of 1.5 tonnes of CO2 released into the atmosphere, the equivalent of driving a car for 2 ½ days nonstop. Repak is encouraging people to make plastic fantastic by recycling all their plastics which, in turn, can be transformed into a wide range of consumer goods including garden furniture, chopping boards, fleece jackets, smart phones, console game pads, cameras phone covers, even carpets.

Repak’s Consumer Research Reveals – Good Recyclers

To celebrate its 15th recycle week, Repak has conducted some research into consumer attitudes to recycling. According to Repak’s consumer research, half of Irish people consider themselves very green generally (55%) while 80% of Irish people rate themselves good or excellent recyclers. A huge 93% claim to feel guilty if they don’t recycle something.

When asked why they recycle, a vast majority of 9 in 10 say they recycle to help safeguard our environment while 1 in 3 said they recycle as its socially unacceptable not to. The resolve of some people to recycle everything has them attempting to recycle things like old razors (8%), soiled cotton buds (9%) and cotton pads (10%). Luckily, just 2% said they ‘recycled’ nappies.

Bad Recyclers

Despite the fact that Irish people think they’re excellent recyclers, just 1 in 3 say they don’t recycle all available recyclable packaging. When asked the most common reasons why they don’t recycle, Irish people cited such causes as a lack of knowledge about what materials are recyclable (36%), being in too much of a rush (32%), not being bothered to rinse out empty containers (14%) and finally, no recycling bin in the particular room they’re in (25%). Over 1 in 5 admitted that they’re not as stringent with themselves about recycling in work as they are at home.

Whose hands are dirty?

Nearly three quarters of Irish people (73%) said that they would confront a family member who had thrown a recyclable item in the grey bin, while a noble 15% would fish out the offending item and put in the correct bin.  66% of Irish people agree that those who contaminate their green bins without non-recyclable materials should be penalised.

When asked what other things they would do to ‘play their part’ in safeguarding the environment, a huge 70% say they avoid buying goods that are over-packaged while 9 in 10 said they support brands which behave environmentally responsibly. The majority (72%) of Irish adults feel that manufacturers and retailers should pay towards the recovery and recycling of packaging they supply.

Topping the list of people’s concerns in relation to the local environment were waste management and where our rubbish goes 51% and litter on the streets 30%.

Seamus Clancy, CEO Repak said: “We are aiming to build on Ireland’s excellent record of packaging recycling and plastic is a key part of that equation. We want to get Irish people to up the ante with plastic recycling – a lot of plastic packaging waste is generated outside the kitchen and we want to remind people to ensure they’re recycling all recyclable materials rather than simply a high percentage.

He added. “We’re hugely encouraged by the positive attitudes towards recycling revealed in our consumer research, so there’s no reason why Ireland shouldn’t be able to top the European league tables and become the number one nation for packaging recycling rates.”

Repak, this year, celebrates 18 years of packaging recycling success in Ireland. This is due to the consistent commitment of its 2,120 members who fund the recycling of 800,000 tonnes of used packaging which was placed on the market by them in 2014, and the Irish consumers who are active recyclers.  Irish businesses have collectively invested over €350 million since 1997 through Repak to drive Ireland’s packaging recycling efforts. This has lifted Ireland from being one of Europe’s poorest performers to the highest in Europe for packaging recycling.

Repak will host the inaugural Pakman Awards. The Pakman Awards are a new national awards programme that recognises excellence in waste management and recycling among businesses, organisations, community groups and individuals in Ireland. The award ceremony will take place on the 22nd of October in the Shelbourne Hotel. Further information available on

About Repak

  • Repak is a not for profit packaging recycling scheme funded by contributions from more than 2120 participating members companies.
  • Since 1997, Irish businesses have invested over €350 million through Repak in supporting packaging recycling in Ireland.
  • In that period, over 8.5 million tonnes of used packaging has been diverted from landfill.
  • Repak has helped to grow packaging recovery from under 15% in 1998 to nearly 79% in 2014.
  • Repak pays over €64 for every tonne of packaging collected from the domestic sector. That is what helps keep the green bin free for householders.
  • Ireland is now ranked one of the highest in Europe for packaging recycling amongst the EU 27.

Repak recycle 2015

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