Waste & Recycling

recycle_icon350Did you know that in Ireland we produce almost 20 million tonnes of household waste every year? Recycling should be encouraged but instead many domestic waste companies charge their customers for green and brown waste. Waste material such as paper and aluminium are commodities that are traded internationally. Waste paper, for example, is a necessary ingredient in the new paper industry in China. It has benefits when mixed with the raw wood pulp.

Recycling

Recycling not only saves on raw material but also saves on energy. The Government needs to reintroduce incentives to households to recycle all their recyclable waste. Currently it is done on an ad hoc basis. Each household has a different version of what can go into the green bin.

In brief by recycling, we:

Preserve our natural resources

Conserve energy by reducing the need to produce new products

Reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill thus reducing methane gas emissions which contribute to global warming

Eliminate the need for incinerator thus reducing harmful dioxins entering our atmosphere

Types of materials that can be recycled:

  • Plastics, hard and soft
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Clothes and general textiles
  • Glass
  • Aluminium
  • Steel
  • Kitchen food waste
  • Garden waste
  • Tin Cans
  • Mobile phones
  • Laptops
  • Personal computers
  • Household Batteries
  • Electronic waste – WEEE
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • CFL light bulbs
  • Glass
  • Steel
  • Aluminium
  • Green and garden waste
  • Mobile phones
  • Car Batteries
  • Gas Cylinders
  • Paint
  • Printer Cartridges
  • Waste Oil
  • Ask your recycle company for a list of which items they will allow into the green and brown bins.

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