Repak Recycling Week 2012 – Pride in our packaging recycling success.
Welcome to our 12th Repak Recycling Week, designed to highlight and encourage householders, schools and businesses to recycle their used packaging.
Promotional campaigns such as this and Repak’s direct funding of packaging recycling collections over the last 11 years have helped Ireland grow its packaging recycling to over 626,000 tonnes (diverted from landfill) in 2011, and increased packaging recycling rates from under 15% in 1998 to well over 66% in 2011. Since 1997 Repak has invested over €253 million in supporting the recycling of 6.3 million tonnes of used packaging.
This Repak Recycling Week we want to say a big thank you to everyone in Ireland who has helped us increase the rate of packaging recycling over the past few years. That includes anyone who has ever recycled anything in a green bin or bottle bank. We also want to thank the many Irish businesses both big and small whose Repak participation and vital funding of over €253 million has helped make it happen.
Find out ‘What We Do’ and have achieved and how ‘Repak Members’ have contributed to the packaging recycling success that we have now in Ireland today.
During Repak Recycling Week from the 1st – 7th October we here at Repak ask you to do your best to Recycle More and Recycle Better. This week we have lots of activities going on such as our:
How to Recyclemore.
Recycle More: increase the range of materials you regularly recycle. Learn more about what materials can be recycled by familiarising yourself with what your contractor will accept in your recycling bin.
Recycle More: recycle beyond the kitchen. Research shows that 95% of adults recycle regularly from the kitchen but this falls to 44% for the bedroom, 57% for the bathroom, and 17% for the home office or study. However also disappointing is that we appear not to take our good recycling habits in the household into the workplace, where a lot of used packaging materials arise. For example your used lunch packaging such as your sandwich paper bags, soft drinks containers, clear fruit or salad bowls, takeaway coffee cups (rinsed), pizza boxes (remove food residues) etc
Recycle Better: the quality of material presented for recycling is our responsibility and not just the responsibility of waste contractors. We must present rinsed materials for recycling to prevent cross contamination of other material (i.e. paper or cardboard soiled from unwashed food cans).
Win an Iphone5:
To celebrate Ireland’s packaging recycling success we are giving away an Iphone5 to one lucky winner.
Click here to enter our competition to be in with a chance to win this amazing prize!
Download our app Recyclemore which will help you find your nearest recycling center or bottle bank.
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Green Schools Video and Colouring Competition:
This year we are giving away some amazing prizes including an Ipad3 for the best video that highlights your schools recycling efforts in just 3 minutes. Click here for more information about how you can enter our new Green Schools Video Competition and our annual Colouring Competition.