Minister commends waste industry on packaging waste recycling


"Ireland has made great strides in not just meeting, but exceeding EU targets for packaging waste recycling over the past ten years - but there is no room for complacency."

This was the message from Mr. Tony Killeen, TD, Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, when he addressed the Repak Service Providers Conference in Naas in Co. Kildare.

Minister Killeen commented - "the recycling of packaging waste is probably the leading Irish environmental success story. For the past number of years, Ireland has consistently exceeded EU and national targets for the recovery and recycling of this waste stream. Indeed, the most recent National Waste Report published by the EPA in January of this year in respect of 2006 (Click Here), shows that, in that year, we recovered over 57% of packaging waste."

The Minister acknowledged that the progress in recycling that has been achieved had been a collective effort. "Our success in this area is underpinned by a partnership approach, where all the stakeholders play their part - Repak and its members, local authorities, private sector waste operators, business, householders and the Department."

The Minister invited industry to take the necessary steps to meet new higher recovery targets that apply from 2008. "Achieving our targets in the face of unprecedented growth will mean that we all have to work even harder than before to build on the progress that we have made over the past decade. I remain confident that, by continuing to work together, we can achieve this objective."