Greyhound Recycling and Recovery opens Ireland’s largest recycling facility


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 in Ireland.

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 area.
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
  • metals
  • IT equipment and cartridge toners
  • fluorescent tubes
  • food by-products
  • wood - and
  • oils.

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 of Ireland
  • Registered as Carrier of Controlled Waste in Northern Ireland
  • Repak approved Packaging Waste Collector and winner of Repak Recycling award 2003.

Customers include County Councils, Universities, Supermarket Chains and manufacturers.