Donegal leads the way with recycling

Courtesy of Donegal Now

Figures published by glass recycling company, Rehab Glassco, show that people here in Donegal are recycling more glass than anywhere else in the country. The figures were released to mark Repak Recycling Week which runs from 19th to 25th October, and reveal that 57 glass bottle and jars were recycled per head of population in County Donegal during the first eight months of 2015. This figure is above the national average of 55 bottles and jars per person.

These statistics serve to illustrate that recycling has become common practice for Donegal householders. Between the 1st January and the 31st August, 2015, 1757 tonnes of glass were collected for recycling in Donegal, with Dunnes Stores in Letterkenny having the busiest recycling site in the county.

David Farrelly, Rehab Glassco Operations Manager said, “These figures show that we are maintaining the high levels of glass recycling that we have built up over the last 15-20 years. It shows that glass recycling is now a normal part of people’s household routine. There are challenges however, the most notable being the deterioration in quality due to members of the public putting non-glass items such as ceramics and pyrex ovenware in the bottle banks. We are one of the best countries in Europe for glass recycling, but to keep that status we need to continue to recycle while paying attention to what we put in the bins. We would like to ask the public to only put bottles and jars into the bottle banks, please.”

Seamus Clancy from Repak added that, “Irish consumers have consistently led the way in better recycling, and Rehab Glassco’s figures are gratifying and show how it continues to build on its success, year on year. It is proof that Rehab Glassco continues to lead the way when it comes to glass recycling and helps keep Ireland within the premium league in Europe in recycling.”

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