Recycling levels reach 21.2%

21.2 percent of household waste in County Roscommon was recycled in 2006, according to figures released by the Environmental Protection Agency. Figures in the National Waste Report 2006 show that 21.2% of household waste in County Roscommon was recycled in 2006. In many local authorities, less household waste is being collected at the kerbside and more is being deposited at civic amenity sites and bring banks, while kerbside collection of mixed dry recyclables has increased by seven percent. The figures show that people in Ireland are making more use of recycling facilities made available to them by local authorities. But while Ireland has shown good progress, recycling rates are outstripped by a continued growth in the quantity of waste generated This puts Ireland in danger of missing its 2010 target for diverting biodegradable municipal waste away from landfill, in line with the targets set by the EU. Dr. Mary Kelly, Director General of the EPA, said: ‘This is going to be a major challenge for Ireland in the years ahead and it is important that we put in place long-term sustainable solutions that encourage waste prevention on the one hand and greater use of the resource value of biodegradable waste on the other.’ The EPA Annual Highlights Report 2007 can be downloaded by logging onto http://www.epa.ie/downloads/pubs/other/corporate/.