Repak is calling on Irish consumers to recycle their packaging waste during this year’s Easter celebrations, with its campaign #BeAGoodEgg.
Irish households are expected to generate more than 19,650 tonnes of packaging waste over the Easter break, having gotten through an average of eight chocolate eggs per household.
Over Easter 2015, glass recycling increased by 10%, with cardboard and paper recycling levels also rising by 2%.
Repak’s has also surveyed 400 members of the public, and found that over 85% of people clean all recycling material before putting it in the recycle bin, and further 68% of people recycle all of their Easter egg packaging.
Commenting on the statistics CEO of Repak, Seamus Clancy said, The Easter period is always a crucial time for recycling, and thanks to the support of our members and the public, last year we achieved a 71% packaging recycling rate.”
He added that it was good to see that many confectionery companies have been making continuous efforts to reduce their environmental impact by funding schemes like Repak and reducing their own packaging.
"This year we hope to achieve even better packaging recycling rates, so we would remind people not only to recycle their Easter egg gift packaging, but all the other packaging that the festivities and family gatherings will generate such as plastic and glass bottles, food boxes, and aluminium," he said.
"As many people will travel for the holidays we urge them to visit Repak.ie to locate the nearest recycling facility or for more information on bring bank locations and recycling centres in their specific area," he concluded.
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