Aluminium can recycling in Ireland has skyrocketed to 73%, up from 54% in 2016, Repak have reported that 7 out of every 10 cans in Ireland are now recycled. A big contributer to this was the launch of 'Every Can Counts' programme.
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Clean Ireland Recycling has introduced the first refuse vehicles in the country to be run on compressed natural gas. There are far fewer emissions with natural gas than diesel which drastically reduces the carbon footprint of the company as well as reducing the cost by 35%
The head of Panda Recycling in Ireland has said that the charge implemented for the green bin collections are to ensure that Ireland can continue to recycle, for 21 Euros the recycling service will be expanded to include the brown bin collection and a bin cleaning service.
Northern Ireland is now at a record low of sending waste to landfill, as well as an increase of 3.6% to 50% for recycling rates, these are the first set of figures published since new regulations on separate food waste which came into force in April. Despite a very simple change it has made a significant increase in recycling for the region.
Our last visit to the home nations focuses on Northern Ireland and their battle of stopping waste ending up in landfill, a programme launched by the Department of Environment In Northern Ireland called the Rethink Waste Programme to help sectors of society.