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2013 PRESS RELEASES
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No Increase in Repak Fees For 2014

Repak has confirmed that there will be no increase in membership fees for 2014. This is the sixth year in a row in which fees have been frozen at 2008 levels, despite an increase in recycling activity – particularly in the more costly household sector.

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Repak to Beat Christmas Recycling Targets, Thanks to its Members and the Public

Repak is once again, targeting to exceed its Christmas recycling targets, thanks to the contribution and support of both the Irish public and its members. Repak estimates that Irish householders will generate approximately 74,000 tonnes of used packaging waste over Christmas (or 44 kilos of waste per household), and receive nearly 12 million Christmas gifts.

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Recycling Sins Revealed By Repak

As part of Repak Recycling Week 2013, Repak is calling on the public to recycle better and help eradicate the equivalent of over 979,000 green bins of contaminated recycling. This would save €2.7 million in landfill charges and levies alone. Repak celebrates 16 years of packaging recycling success in Ireland, based on the consistent commitment of its 2,300 members who are now responsible for the funding the recycling of 130% of packaging which is placed on the market by them and ensuring consumers are now recycling more than ever.

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Repak's Easter Recycling Madness

This Easter will see the country chomp through over 12 million Easter eggs and chocolate confectionery worth over €32.7 million euros. At the launch of its annual Easter Recycling Campaign today, Repak urges people to continue breaking the Easter packaging recycling record of previous years by targeting the recovery of over 22,500 tonnes of used packaging.

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2012 PRESS RELEASES
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Enjoy The Festive Spoils, But Don’t Forget Christmas Recycling

Dublin 21st December 2012: Repak hopes you enjoy the Christmas season, but don’t forget to recycle your used Christmas packaging. Repak estimates that Irish householders will generate approximately 70,000 tonnes of packaging waste over Christmas (or 35 kilos of waste per household) and receive nearly 12 million Christmas gifts (nearly all packaged in some form). Repak is targeting the collection and recycling of 37,000 tonnes or around 55% of household used packaging over the holiday period.

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Minister Sounds Optimistic Note on Repak License Renewal

Speaking at the Repak Recycling Awards at the Croke Park Conference Centre on Thursday, October 4th, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, TD, sounded an optimistic note while addressing the topic of Repak’s Licence Renewal Application

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Repak celebrates 15 years of Packaging recycling success, but future increases will be challenging

Repak Recycling Week kicks off today Monday 1st of October  focusing on our collective packaging recycling in Ireland Irish adults recycling more items and recycling from more areas of home and work than ever before 650% growth in packaging  recycling in last 15 years Further packaging recycling growth will be challenging Repak urges participating members  - “Consumers want to know you producers are funding the  recycling of the packaging they buy”

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Repak asks Irish Householders to beat its recycling record this Easter

This weekend will see the country feast on chocolate eggs.  In 2011 Easter egg consumption increased by 3.4% and last year Irish people spent €24.2 million on Easter eggs alone.  At the launch of their Easter recycling campaign today, Repak called on people to recycle some of the 32,000 tonnes of used packaging generated over the holiday period, 98% of which is non-Easter egg related packaging. The good news is that last year Repak helped to recycle 18,300 tonnes of mixed packaging from households over the Easter period. This accounted for over 50%of all used household packaging resulting in the equivalent of 17,701tonnes of carbon equivalent saving. 2011 was the highest Easter tonnes recycled by Repak since its establishment in 1997. This year Repak is again urging people to take the time to recycle their Easter packaging g generated over the festive period setting a target to recycle between 15,000 and 16,000 tonnes, allowing for a decrease in consumption versus previous years.  This will help Repak save the equivalent of 17,000 tonnes of carbon saved – or removing 9,800 cars from the road annually.

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Repak Welcomes Strong Packaging Recycling Trends

Dr. Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Repak Ireland has welcomed the findings on packaging recycling contained in ‘Environmental Indicators Ireland 2012’, the report just published by the CSO, which highlights Ireland’s ever improving approach to the recycling of packaging. It is part of a detailed piece of research, by the CSO, based around environmental data.

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2011 PRESS Releases
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Repak Helps Break Bad Christmas Recycling Habits

Repak Christmas Recycling Data at a glance:  We drink enough wine which, if converted to the weight to a Euro coin would give us 2.6 billion euros/  Over Christmas Irish householder will generate approximately 220,000 tonnes of household waste, 150 kilos per household./ Within that, over Christmas Ireland households produce 75,000 tonnes of used packaging, the equivalent of 51 kilos per household./ Repak are targeting to recycle 35,000 tonnes (between 45-50%) of household used packaging from households or 24 kilos of used packaging per household.

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Glory for Musgraves as it Scoops Top Repak Recycling Award

Musgrave rewarded for their packaging prevention, 100% packaging recycling rate and 30% reduction in its carbon footprint, which translated to 20,339 tonnes of CO2 emissions saved ·        12 organisations were basked in glory at this year’s Annual Repak Recycling Awards. ·        Baxter Healthcare recognised for innovative Treatment Packs which uses reusable packaging dramatically reducing packaging for hospitals and patients and saved 23 tonnes of waste ·        Avarto Digital Services, rewarded for introducing new packaging formats that saved 12.5 tonnes of cardboard, or over 35% compared to 2009  ·        Thorntons Recycling – commended for recycling over 18,000 tonnes of packaging alone in 2010  ·        McInerneys Supvalu, recognised for consistently out performing targets and registering recycling rates in excess of 90% for periods during the year against their targeted figure of 75%  

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Irish Workers Abandon Home Recycling Habits at Work, Risk Their Colleague’s Rage

  ·        Repak Recycling Week kicks off today Monday 4thof October focusing on recycling in the office/workplace Repak research shows ·        51% of your work colleagues are infuriated by your poor recycling habits, but only a third will confront you ·        Irish recycler’s show split personality between home and work recycling habits, 54% of workers are not recycling regularly from office kitchen versus 2% in the home kitchen ·        1/3 believe recycling in the office is not their responsibility and 29% claim don’t think about recycling in the workplace ·        Recycling around the office worsening as people recycling from less places and recycling items less often o  Claimed Recycling rates in the office kitchen/canteen fall from 53% in 2010 to 46% in 2011 office desk 28% (down from 38%), o  Claimed recycling rates of Plastic bottles recycling falls from 58% to 41%, drinks cans decrease to 35% (was 47%), Office paper Recycled ·        Recycling around the home improving, as recyclers recycling from more rooms and increase in brown bin penetration reaches 48% of all households up from 19% in 2008

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Repak’s iPhone App Connects to a Bring Bank Near You

Repak’s iPhone App Connects to a Bring Bank Near You   New iPhone App maps out your nearest bring bank App to be launched during Repak Recycling Week will help you locate your nearest recycling facility, bring bank or recycling centre Repak are giving away a free iPhone 4 on their Repak Recyclemore Facebook as part of their promotion for the new “Recyclemore search” App. Repak in conjunction with the 34 Local Authorities have geo coded 2,000 recycling sites nationally App uses GPS locator on I phone to locate nearest recycling facilities, which can be filtered by material type, recycling facility type (bring bank or recycling centre) Also if users don’t have GPS locator on their iPhone they can locate facilities by geographical area.

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Packaging Recovery Rate Reaches 65% As Volumes Drop

Last year Ireland once again exceed its 2011 EU used packaging recycling target by recycling and recovering over 626,000 tonnes or 65% of all glass, cardboard, plastic, metal and wood packaging.  The figures were released by packaging recycling scheme Repak, which also reported a drop in the overall amount of used packaging recovered/recycled of 2.8% and a 6.4% drop in Repak revenues, reflecting a more difficult economic environment for members and consumers.

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Repak Seeks Views of Members on Government Proposed Packaging Tax

? Repak warns industry of potential threat of government imposed packaging tax ? Repak urge government consultation on proposed packaging tax should be part of overall review of Producer Responsibility Initiatives (PRI) (09.06.2011) Repak, the National Packaging Recycling Body, is seeking views and opinions from its members on the government’s proposed introduction of a broadly based packaging tax, which has been widely circulated to all stakeholders by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. The packaging tax was announced as part of the Government’s Programme for National Recovery 2011-2016 and included a statement that it would “drive a waste reduction programme through an extension of Producer Responsibility Initiative and a levy on packaging after appropriate consultation with industry.”

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Repak Urge Householders to Recycle their used Easter packaging 2011

This weekend will see the country go crazy for eggs of the chocolate variety.  In 2010 Easter egg consumption increased by 9% and last year Irish people spent €23 million on Easter eggs alone.  At the launch of their Easter recycling campaign today, Repak called on people to recycle some of the 35,000 tonnes of used packaging generated over the holiday period, most of which is non-Easter egg related packaging. This translates into 23 kilograms of used packaging per household. The good news is that last year Repak helped to recycle 15,300 tonnes of mixed packaging from households over the Easter period. This accounted for circa 45% of all used household packaging resulting in the equivalent of 15,772 tonnes of carbon equivalent saving. This year Repak is urging people to take the time to recycle their Easter egg and other packaging generated over the Easter period.

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Repak Green Christmas campaign targets recycling of 90 million bottles and 75 million cans used over Christmas

Help Ireland Avoid Christmas Celebrations Environmental Hangover As the cold snap continues this festive season Repak are asking people to keep up Ireland’s running success of recycling this Christmas with an expected 69,000 tonnes of used packaging being generated over the period. This seasonal 30% increase on the volume of packaging including cans, bottles, boxes and wrapping, equates to enough packaging to fill 2.5 million green bins or 47 kilos of packaging per household. There will also be no shortage of the festive cheer in Ireland with 42 litres of alcohol, 60 litres of soft drinks and 2 kilos of chocolate expected to be consumed per household.  Beer bottles tops the table on packaging types produced at Christmas followed by carbonated plastic soft drinks bottles which will see Ireland produce over: • 19 million wine bottles. • 2.0 million spirits bottles. • 47 million aluminium beer cans. • 21 million soft drink cans. • 51 million beer bottles. • 40.5 million carbonated soft drinks • 4 million boxes of chocolates. The additional celebration at Christmas means that we consume enough wine to fill almost 6 Olympic sized swimming pools and enough beer to fill over 155,000 baths. We also munch through over 3,300 tonnes of chocolate the same in weight as 660 of the Christmas trees in O’Connell St.

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2010 Press Releases
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Repak Green Christmas campaign 2011

As the cold snap continues this festive season Repak are asking people to keep up Ireland’s running success of recycling this Christmas with an expected 69,000 tonnes of used packaging being generated over the period.  This seasonal 30% increase on the volume of packaging including cans, bottles, boxes and wrapping, equates to enough packaging to fill 2.5 million green bins or 47 kilos of packaging per household. There will also be no shortage of the festive cheer in Ireland with 42 litres of alcohol, 60 litres of soft drinks and 2 kilos of chocolate expected to be consumed per household.        

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Eco Coffee Packaging Wins Repak Recycling Award

07.10.2010.  Prevention of packaging was the big winner at the 9th annual Repak Recycling Awards which took place in the National Convention Centre today.  Kraft Food won the Best Prevention Initiative Award for its Kenco Eco Refill packs which lead to a 97% decrease in its packaging, preventing over 100 tonnes on its products.

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“Working 9 to 5” but Irish people are not recycling enough in these hours

04.10.2010. Research carried for Repak Recycling Week shows that Irish people have much better recycling habits in the home than the workplace.  The research of over 1,000 adults showed that 47% of those working do not regularly recycling in the workplace kitchen/canteen compared to only 3% who do not regularly recycle in the household kitchen. Meanwhile 62% do not regularly recycle from the office/desk and 88% do not recycling from the stationary room.

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Recycling Rate Reaches 65% as Repak Recycling Week Launches.

28.09.10 September, 2010.  Last year over 20 kilos of used packaging was recycled every second in Ireland according to packaging recycling scheme Repak.  The results were announced at the launch of Repak Recycling Week which runs from October 4thto 10th and this year is encouraging people to recycle more by targeting recycling in the workplace.

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Repak Annual Easter Appeal: 2nd April 2010

Eggs-tra food + Eggs-tra booze = Eggs-tra Easter Packaging. Repak urges householders to go the Eggs-tra mile and recycle Easter packaging  

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Green Schools Awards: 25th February 2010

An Taisce’s Green-Schools programme is going from strength to strength as a further 124 schools nationwide have achieved the coveted International Green Flag for the first time in recognition of their efforts in reducing litter and waste, and a further 219 schools have successfully renewed the Green Flag for the themes of energy conservation, water conservation and sustainable travel to school.

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UCC Green Campus Award: 23rd February 2010

UCC has become the first university in the world to be presented with the prestigious international Green Flag award. The award was presented for the Green Campus initiative, which, in the past three years has seen the university save €300,000 in waste management costs, by reducing waste to landfill by nearly 400 tonnes and improving recycling from 21% to 60%.

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National Spring Clean call for registrations: 22nd February 2010

The National Spring Clean, Ireland’s largest anti-litter initiative, is urging people to help to revive their community spirit this spring by volunteering some time. The campaign, which runs throughout the month of April, is fully reliant on volunteers and free clean-up kits will be issued to those registering a clean-up.

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2009 PRESS RELEASES
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Repak Green Christmas 2009

As households around the country wrap their presents and stock up with extra food and drink, Repak is asking people to keep a green eye on the extra 75,000 tonnes of packaging from biscuit tins and beer bottles, to toy boxes and wrapping paper that could be recycled.

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Repak Recycling Awards 2009: 16th October 2009

The 8th Repak Recycling Awards were a great success. Eleven winners were announced in categories such as packaging prevention and the best local authority. The Environment Minister John Gormley was there to confer the awards in Croke Park on 15th October.

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Repak Members' Conference 2009: 16th October 2009

The Repak Members' Conference took place on the morning of 15th October in Croke Park. Guest speaker was Ivan Yates and a number of initiatives were launched on the day, including the Packaging Optimisation Toolkit and the Positive Packaging Newsletter.

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Dirty Recyclables Hampering Recycling in Ireland: 11th October 2009

Recycling in Ireland is being hampered by poor recycling habits with 63% of people claiming  not to rinse out their take away containers before  putting them into their recycling bin according to research by Repak

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'Green House Effect' launches recycling: 7th October 2009

Repak Recycling Week is launched with Dunnes Stores 'Green House Effect' installation.

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Major new MRF to serve the Dublin region: 26th January 2009

Mr. John Gormley, TD, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government has opened one of the largest and  most sophisticated materials recovery facilities (MRF) in Europe.

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2008 PRESS RELEASES
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Bacon Report

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Best Presented Bring Award Release

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Easter release

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First Irish Packaging Prevention Course

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Repak Results 2007

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2007 PRESS RELEASES
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Awards 2007

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Convenience foods and takeaway

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Lakeland Dairies Scoop Repak Member of the Year

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PWPP launch

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Repak Easter Campaign

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Repak Easter Recycling

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Repak Recycling Week 2007

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Repak Slams VFI Call for Levy on Packaging

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Repak Urge Retailers to go green this Christmas

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Results News Release

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RRW 2007 Research

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RRW launch 2007

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Service Providers Conference

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Xmas

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2006 PRESS RELEASES
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Awards 2006

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Awards 2006 2

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Easter Recycling 2006

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Green Christmast 2006

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Green Christmas Trade

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Green xmas Marketing

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Irish Polymers Release

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Repak Results 2006

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RRW 2006 Launch Release

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RRW Survey Final 2006

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2005 PRESS RELEASES
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Closure of Smurfit Mill

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Repak Easter Recycling

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2004 PRESS RELEASES
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RNRW SVP Launch

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Christmas Littering at Bring Banks

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Mary Harney Opens Repak Headquarters

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One Third of Irish People Admit to Littering at Bring Banks

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New Repak Board

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Packaging Regulation Changes

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Pay by Weight

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Repak Easter Recycling

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Department of the Environment Report

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Repak Green Christmas

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Repak Green Christmas

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Repak Members Conference

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Repak Recycling Awards

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RNRW Retail

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Survey Recycling Habits

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2003 PRESS RELEASES
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12 Days of Green Christmas

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Repak Results

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Repak Results Tangibles

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RNRW Retail

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Business Collection

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Capital Grant Welcome

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Last Day of Christmas

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2002 PRESS RELEASES
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Last Day of Christmas radio

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Plastic School Trials

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Post Green Christmas

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Repak Easter Recycling

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Repak Green Christmas

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Repak Green Christmas

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Repak Members Conference

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Repak National Recycling Week

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Repak Recycling Awards

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REPAK WELCOMES LANDFILL BAN

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RNRW Marketing Final

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