Greyhound Recycling and Recovery, Ireland’s largest
recycling business has launched its new state-of-the-art
recycling and recovery facility. The 11.5 acre site
in Clondalkin Industrial Estate, officially opened by
An Tanaiste, Mary Harney TD, represents a €15m
investment and is the most advanced recovery facility
The facility is one of Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Relay
Centres and is part of the Fusion Programme run by InterTradeIreland.
Employing over 150 people, Greyhound Recycling and Recovery
provides nationwide waste management services. “Our new facility
will raise our annual capacity to over 350,000 tonnes of waste
per year across all our sites and has created 40 new jobs"
- said Brian Buckley, director of Greyhound Recycling and
Recovery. “Not only are we able to recover cardboard, metals,
wood and plastics, but we also produce high quality bio-diesel
from recycled cooking oil.”
Greyhound, one of Ireland’s oldest recycling and recovery
companies, was founded in 1988 by Bernard Buckley and is run
by the Buckley brothers - Brian and Michael - whose strategy
is to strive to reach ‘zero waste to landfill’ or, in business
terms “diversion of waste from landfill into a valuable commodity”.
In order to reach these goals, the company has invested
heavily over the years in the best segregation equipment available
anywhere in the world. “We believe in a back-to-basics approach
to waste management – let’s make recycling and recovery the
viable and cheaper option to landfill – that’s the solution
to our waste problem in Ireland. At Greyhound, we see waste
as a commodity - a resource, so to speak. Once you can segregate
waste it becomes a valuable commodity on the world markets.
"Take paper, cardboard and plastics for instance, we
cannot keep up with the ongoing demand in our overseas markets
for quality used paper, cardboard and plastics. It always
astounds us that so much of this material is dumped into landfills
in Ireland, when it can be such a valuable product. We continue
to educate our growing list of clients as to how valuable
used packaging material can be and how we can all benefit
– especially the environment.”
|The new facility in Clondalkin also has
the potential to be of benefit to local residents in the
Greyhound has offered councillors in Clondalkin part of
the site for the new Clondalkin Civic Recycling Facility.
Under a Public Private Partnership, a ready-made Bring
Centre could be at the councillors’ disposal.
Greyhound is recognised nationwide as a market leader in
segregated waste and the company has received many accolades
in recent years including "Recycler of the Year" from REPAK
in 2003 and the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards.
With a policy of diverting waste from landfill, Greyhound's
goal is to persuade corporate Ireland and local authorities
that waste is an opportunity rather than a problem. The company
has developed its expertise and infrastructure - allowing
its customers to reduce waste and costs and recover value
from waste materials.
Materials recycled include -
- cardboard and all paper grades
- confidential shredded paper
- newspapers and magazines
- all packaging plastics
- IT equipment and cartridge toners
- fluorescent tubes
- food by-products
- wood - and
The fundamental principle of Greyhound Recycling and Recovery's
business is full transparent traceability. It welcomes the
increased governmental regulations and looks forward to all
regulations for the benefit of the recycling industry.
Its licences include -
- EPA in Dublin (95-2)
- Waste Permit in Limerick WP 02-03
- Waste Collection Permits for all Counties in the Republic
- Registered as Carrier of Controlled Waste in Northern
- Repak approved Packaging Waste Collector and winner of
Repak Recycling award 2003.
Customers include County Councils, Universities, Supermarket
Chains and manufacturers.