Waste Management policy in Ireland is determined
by EU and National Legislation and is becoming more complex. Each
year Irish industry is under increasing pressure to achieve higher
standards of waste management compliance and contribute towards
Ireland's ambitious recycling targets.
Greenstar, Ireland's largest integrated waste management
company, is setting a new standard in the Waste Management Industry
- not only offering cost effective solutions and legal compliance,
but a one-stop-service to manage the range of waste-streams across
Irish business and consumer sectors.
The company is continuing to implement its growth strategy
of developing a strong all-Ireland presence and offers a range
of options to suit business and consumer needs - from domestic
and commercial collections, on-site recycling, WEEE self compliance,
skip hire and composting, to consultancy, auditing and reporting.
Greenstar will also advise its customers on best practices
in the waste management industry in relation to recycling
The company is committed to providing innovative solutions
to waste management needs and to developing its product portfolio
in order to provide first-to-market waste solutions. As part of
this new service strategy, Greenstar is delighted to announce the
launch of a commercial first-to-market nationwide WEEE Self Compliance
Service for producers who have chosen not to become members
of WEEE Ireland.
WEEE Self Compliance Service
Greenstar operates a specialised electronics recycling and recovery
programme at its EPA licenced facility in Greenogue, Co. Dublin.
The facility operates to both ISO9001 and ISO14001
standards. The facility is certified to manage waste electronics
under the WEEE Directive and is licenced to process 95,000 tonnes
The WEEE Directive will impact on
||Re-users of electrical and
Steve Cowman, former CEO &
Conor Dowd at the launch of a First to Market nationwide WEEE
Self Compliance service
The Greenstar service includes -
- Collection of all computer and electronic equipment.
- All materials weighed before and after processing.
- Secure destruction of hard drives and other confidential information.
- Recovery of precious metal from Printed Circuit Boards (PCB’s).
- Process all electronic equipment in an environmentally suitable
- Identifying markets for different materials.
- Materials sent to specialist recyclers for recovery of both
precious and non-precious metals.
- Issue certificates of destruction and recycling/recovery.
- Value return to client for specific materials.
- Compliant with WEEE directive.
- Diverts both hazardous and non hazardous material away from
- Nationwide collection programmes.
- Flexible solution provider for clients' recycling needs.
- Establishing strong relationships with exclusively certified
partners and brokers worldwide.
Greenstar can also organise - by special arrangement - for white
goods to be collected on behalf of their corporate clients. White
goods are bulky household items that are traditionally white in
colour - such as fridges, freezers, washing machines, tumble driers,
dishwashers, microwaves and cookers.
Recent legislation in Ireland has deemed that White Goods are not
accepted for disposal at landfill. Certain white goods, such as
fridges and freezers, are classified as hazardous waste and must
be disposed of appropriately at their end of life. White goods contain
certain chemicals and pollutants that can have detrimental effects
on the environment if not handled properly. At present, all white
goods must be exported for recycling.
||In 2000, EU regulations on Ozone Depleting Substances
were introduced banning the use of chemicals such as CFC’s.
CFC’s – Chlorofluorocarbons - are a family of chemical compounds
contained in the cooling systems of household appliances. The
CFC gas must be removed from the appliance by a trained specialist
and stored for reuse. CFC’s are greenhouse gases and are damaging
to the Ozone Layer if released to the atmosphere. Other common
pollutants in white goods are Freons, PCB’s, and Oil from compressor
motors found in CFC appliances.
The recycling of white goods will avoid issues with pollution,
and will save energy and natural resources. It will also reduce
volume to landfill. Main components from appliances that are recycled
- Ferrous Metal
- Non-ferrous Metal
As market leader, Greenstar works with its customers providing
extensive industry experience and best practice environmental expertise
in order to develop fully integrated waste management systems and
provide services and infrastructure at each level of the waste management
The company's business development spans a range of services
that includes -
- composting recycling - and
- the development of facilities for the safe disposal of
waste that cannot be reused, recycled or recovered.
Placing more emphasis on the hierarchy is the key to Ireland's
success in waste management.
Prevention and Minimisation
Greenstar sponsors research and is working with local authorities
and educational institutions to increase awareness and influence
behavior in the area of waste minimisation and conservation of resources.
Greenstar is also proud to be the lead sponsor of Green-Schools
- the EU-wide schools environmental awareness programme - aimed
at school children of all ages.
Re-use and Recycling
Greenstar is Ireland's leading recycling company with operations
and facilities located nationwide. The company plans to further
develop a number of waste transfer stations and material recovery
facilities (MRFs), strategically placed around the country, separating
recyclables and reusable materials, while developing recycling infrastructure
to handle the processing of recyclable materials.
Greenstar has developed and is commissioning new technology for
the biological treatment of organic waste - i.e., composting and
anaerobic digestion. The company intends to develop a number of
composting and AD facilities throughout the country and is currently
running a composting pilot project in Co. Kildare. Greenstar also
works with local authorities in promoting and providing home composting
units to local communities and vermi-composting units to schools.
Composting is a cost effective and natural method for “recycling”
waste organic materials into a fertiliser and soil conditioner for
land. Greenstar offers a comprehensive range of composting services
to treat organic waste streams.
The company's team of specialists can review organic waste
streams to establish whether it is suitable for composting.
These organic waste streams can include the following categories
- Food organics waste
- Canteen / catering waste
- Fruit or vegetable waste
- Wood and timber
- Agricultural organics
- Biosolids / sludges
It is a cost effective alternative for treating organic waste streams
as it reduces the volume of organic waste going to landfills, while
providing a nutrient or engineering material for a variety of environmental
The company also offers an Anaerobic Digestion (AD) service to
treat biowastes such as - sewage sludge, organic farm wastes, municipal
biowastes and other industrial organic and food wastes. AD differs
from composting in that it treats organic materials in the absence
of air/oxygen (anaerobic) in a reactor, whereas composting works
in the presence of air/oxygen (aerobic). AD is also used for ‘wetter’
waste streams than composting and has been used for over 150 years
to create biogas from biowastes.
Greenstar plans to develop a network of regional residual landfill
sites that will accept treated residual waste from recycling and
recovery operations for its safe disposal. The company currently
owns and operates two state-of-the-art EPA licenced landfill sites
in Kilcullen, Co. Kildare (KTK and Knockharley, Co. Meath).
Greenstar's current range of services include -
||One-stop-shop - individual cradle to grave waste
||Education and Research
||Environment and Waste Auditing
||Composting and Anaerobic Digestion
||Recycling and Materials Recovery
||Collection and Transfer
||State-of-the-art Residual Landfill
||Development of other waste infrastructure
Greenstar's contribution is to work in partnership with
its customers, its employees, industry and the public sector in
order to deliver the change necessary to meet EU legislative requirements
in a legal and professional manner. The company has an expert team
of staff with experience in recycling and recovery, biological treatment,
residual landfill management, engineering, environmental impact
assessment, business development and communications. With this knowledge,
Greenstar will set the standard.
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