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Plastic waste measured in rugby balls

The scale of plastic waste generated in Ireland amounts to the weight of 80 rugby balls or 8.2 Web Ellis cups per person every year, Repak has revealed. A massive 169,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste is generated per year in Ireland, amounting to 37kg per person. At the launch of the 15th Repak Recycle Week, Irish consumers have been asked to “make plastic fantastic” by recycling their plastic packaging. Repak is a not for profit packaging recycling scheme funded by contributions from more than 2120 participating members companies. While plastic materials constitute a huge 31% of total household waste, just 36% of plastics are actually recycled. The number of plastic bottles that end up in landfill every year would stretch around the island of Ireland 2,000 times and in landfill these bottles could take up to a millennium (1,000 years) to biodegrade. For every tonne of plastic recycled we save the equivalent of 1.5 tonnes of CO2 released into …

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Lots to recycle this Christmas

REPAK is hoping to exceed  its Christmas recycling targets, with the 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. Its 2,400 members have been hugely supportive of the programme and have helped to facilitate it success as Ireland continues to meet and exceed its targets. This Christmas, Repak asks the public to continue with its support of packaging recycling during the holiday season. Over the Christmas period, Irish households will consume: · Nearly 5 million boxes of chocolate: enough chocolate whose calories converted to kilowatt hours, would run 860,000 houses’ electricity for Christmas. · 48 million beer bottles – enough beer bottles to get from Dublin to Lapland and back over five times. · 22 million wine bottles – which would fill over 432 ice rinks. · 60 million …

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